Missouri WR on Syracuse's Radar

The new Syracuse staff is hitting the recruiting trail hard trying to make up for lost ground from the chaos of the coaching change. Wide receiver was a position they had previously struck out on with the old staff, but a new target could be coming into focus. CuseNation.com has the latest inside.

2013 wide receiver Corey Winfield is currently committed to Northern Illinois, ironically where new Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer coached from 1996-2003. Despite the commitment, he is open to other options.

"I'm solid (to NIU)," the 2-star prospect explained. "But if I find a school that is a better fit for me both athletically and academically, then things may change."

That school could be Syracuse. The new Orange staff has been in touch with Winfield in an attempt to get a potential flip. There is interest, but he wants to get to know more about the program.

"I've been speaking with them but I haven't set a date (for an official visit)," the St. Louis (MO) product said. "The wide receiver coach. I believe his name is coach (Rob) Moore. They have a great academic program and they are moving to the ACC, which are great things.

"But I haven't met face to face with the staff or any of the players. So that will be the determining factor of how far an offer from them will go."

That was communicated to Cusenation.com a few days ago. However, since then, the staff has met with the 6-foot-2 receiver. On Wednesday, a member of the staff took a trip out to see Winfield at his high school.

"Coach (Tim) Lester visited Corey last night at his basketball game," Winfield's uncle, Neal Richardson, described. "The head coach will be down next week to offer him in person. He is planning to visit Syracuse but he wanted to speak with NIU about it beforehand.

"He doesn't want to burn any bridges with NIU without a definite offer from SU."

Despite waiting for the offer, it seems Winfield's interest in Syracuse is growing. The meeting with Lester was important, as will meetings with the rest of the staff in the coming weeks.

"Yes (the meeting with Lester went well)," Richardson recalled. "He is very excited about the program's education and new conference affiliation. He loves the opportunity to play in the ACC.

"But he really wants to meet the new offensive coordinator and the wide receiver coach, Rob Moore. They are all planning to visit his home within the next two weeks."

CuseNation.com's John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report

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