Corey Winfield signing with Syracuse was supposed to be a rather boring process. After he committed in January, he was about as solid a verbal commit as the Orange could hope for. However, in-state school Missouri offered the night before national signing day and created some last minute drama.
"When Missouri offered, I didn't even really have time to think about it," Winfield explained. "I didn't really have time to sit down and talk to my parents about it. Then, they didn't ever come anytime before when I was committed to Northern Illinois or committed to Syracuse. So it seemed like it was a desperate thing. I really wasn't looking to go towards that. And I love Syracuse so there was no issue."
With the drama behind him, Winfield was able to sign and fax his letter of intent to Syracuse this morning. That moment was both exciting and a relief for the 3-star wideout.
"It was very exciting to sign the letter," Winfield declared. "Now that I know where I'm going and all the recruiting is over with, I'm very excited. Just relieved, and can't wait until July when I can go to school."
The place where most of the excitement comes from is being able to play for the coaches he committed to. After the letter was faxed, he received calls from his future coaches, and he can't wait to start his Syracuse career with them.
"I talked to coach (Scott) Shafer and coach (DeAndre) Smith," Winfield recalled. "They were both very excited and can't wait to have me in.
"When I went down there for the visit, I had a real good relationship with them. I hung out with them, ate dinner with them, had breakfast with them. We talked about the school and about the offense and how things were going to play out when I come in. Get me right and get me together about everything. Everything was just great with those guys."
Missouri is not normally fertile recruiting ground for Syracuse. Despite that, Winfield already has relationships with a few current players and one other member of the 2013 class.
"I have one that's from Jerseyville, Illinois," he said. "That's Mitch Kimble. The quarterback that's also coming to Syracuse. Then when I went out for my official, my host was Jarrod West. And I hung out with those guys. Jarrod West and Jerome (Smith). Jerome the running back. Those were the guys I hung out with. I'm excited about hanging out with them again."
With the stress of recruiting done and over with, Winfield can now focus on his career at Syracuse.
"I just can't wait to come play football," he described. "And go to school. I want to get my degree and win games. Syracuse fans can expect to see an explosive player. I ran a 4.47 in my 40, I jumped a 41 and a half in my vertical jump. So everything you see from me will be an explosive player."