Spotlight '08: Plant WR Derek Winter

The Bulls have already begun recruiting in their own backyard, Plant High School WR Derek Winter is a top target. The 6-2, 195 pound wide-out talks with USFNation.com about winning a state championship, the recruiting process and what he learned while winning a state championship.

Last season WR Derek Winter was a key component in Plant's state championship. The 6-foot-3, 190 pound receiver caught 90 balls for over 1,200 yards he also scored 20 TD's, helping quarterback Robert Marve break the touchdown record previously held by Tim Tebow. He was Marve's favorite target and his consistency was the main reason.

The interest for Winter has started coming from colleges, although he does not yet have an offer, many schools have taken notice. The letters and phone calls are from schools such as Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, UF, Southern Miss and USF.

"I would say that the Bulls are showing the most interest right now." Winter added, "I have talked with Coach Franks and Coach Gregory a couple times already."

His former teammate and friend Robert Marve passed on some knowledge about the recruiting process.

"We've talked about it a little. He kind of told me the in's and out's. What to watch out for and stuff like that."

Winter also learned a lot form making it through the stiff competition during the state championship run.

"I learned to stay focused and let the game come to you. It moves faster as the players get better, but you have to slow it down and stay focused."

This summer Derek plans to attend three or four camps. Right now he is not sure which ones, he and his coach are working on the plans this week.


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