Woodlands safety picks up SMU offer

2016 Woodlands safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. picked up SMU and other offers and talked with Hatts about his recruitment.

It was a busy week last week for 2016 Woodlands HS (Tex.) free safety Antoine Winfield, Jr., as he picked up three offers including one from SMU.

“I think it’s cool to receive an offer from them, and hopefully soon I can get down there and check out the place and see how much I like it,” Winfield Jr. said.

The Woodlands free safety admitted he does not know much about SMU but plans to do research on the school in the coming weeks now that he is receiving interest from them.

“So far I don’t really know too much about the school and everything before I can say how much I like it but I don’t really know yet, I don’t know too much about the school,” Winfield Jr. said.

The communication between Winfield Jr. and the coaching staff is also in it’s early stages but the 5-9, 185-pound safety plans to speak more frequently with the staff.

“I haven’t talked to many of the coaches, but I did talk to coach Stepp and he seemed like a cool guy but that is about it,” Winfield Jr. said.

Winfield Jr. received offers last week from Purdue and Missouri, as well as, SMU to go along with previous offers from Houston, Lamar, Michigan State and Northwestern.

It has been a great spring so far for the Woodlands safety as he continues to put on muscle and improve his game.

“Great so far, I feel like I’ve improved from last year so that’s a good thing,” Winfield Jr. said “I’m improving on just getting in the weight room and working out every single day to get bigger and faster and working on some of my technique stuff, outside and just stuff like that.”

Although he is in the early stages of looking at schools, Winfield Jr. already has a clear idea of what he is going to be looking for in whatever school he chooses to attend, especially on the football field.

“The atmosphere because I’m going to go visit the schools so I want to check out the coaching staff and see how they are with the players, the atmosphere when the players are practicing,” Winfield Jr. said, “Just seeing if it’s a good fit for me and if I can fit in with the area I’m going to be in, and the place I’m going to play football.”

Winfield Jr. has been a playmaker on the field with 87 tackles, five forced fumbles, and two interceptions.

“I’m really good at taking the ball away from the offense, that’s where my biggest strength is, turnovers, I’m good at creating turnovers for a team, I can come down and tackle and I can cover,” Winfield Jr. said.

Winfield Jr. is also the son of former Ohio State and NFL defensive back Antoine Winfield.

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