Change of Plans

Darius Winston was planning taking a visit to Texas for Sunday's camp, but something came up at the last minute, forcing the five star cornerback and current Arkansas commit to reschedule. However, Winston, one of the top players in the nation for 2009, is staying in close communication with the Texas staff and plans on taking a visit this month.

One day after Signing Day 2008, Central High School (West Helena, Ark.) cornerback Darius Winston committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Despite his commitment, as a five star corner and one of the top players in the nation, the interest from colleges around the country continued to pour in. However, there was an important one he was still waiting on.

"I've been watching Texas the longest and I've been hoping they were going to jump in there," said Winston.

Well, Texas has jumped in there. Two weeks ago, Texas assistant coach Bruce Chambers traveled to West Helena, Ark. to watch Winston and was very impressed with what he saw. Winston then called Chambers and the two started talking Texas. Chambers informed Winston that Texas head coach Mack Brown was ready to offer...just as soon as Winston took a visit to Austin so it could be done in person.

That visit was supposed to take place on Sunday, but there's been a change of plans. A family emergency came up at the last minute, preventing Winston from heading down to UT. Winston does plan on taking another visit to Texas, most likely during the June 15th camp, but the specifics for the visit haven't yet been arranged.

"I really want to go down there," said Winston. "It's a really big opportunity."

According to Winston, the scholarship offer is still on the table and waiting for him in Austin. If he receives the offer, it will be his 31st. Michigan, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska, USC, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ole Miss, Georgia and Tennessee are among the many, many schools to offer him.

Winston told Inside Texas that the main reasons he's garnered so much attention in recruiting are his fundamentals, his commitment to doing things right and, of course, his speed.

Last summer, Winston ran a hand-timed 4.28. Even he was surprised when the clock read such a low time, but he then ran it again, and again. He ran four more times ranging from a 4.28 to a 4.38. Winston said he knows he could run even a laser-timed 4.3, but, regardless of the exact number, point is the West Helena athlete is very, very fast, especially for being a bigger corner (6-1, 180).

Winston currently holds a 3.3 GPA and plans on taking a few summer prep courses to work on getting it even higher, as well as taking his ACT test. Along with Texas and Arkansas, the schools he's most interested in are Ole Miss, Miami, Georgia and Clemson, but the only visit he has planned for the month of June is to the University of Texas.

Winston said he's strongly considering the Longhorns and he'll face a tough decision if he receives the offer he's been promised. Winston also said he plans on waiting to make his final decision. He would like to visit his other top schools and said he will most likely wait until around Signing Day 2009.

He could end up staying with Arkansas, or heading to another one of his favorite schools, but no matter how it goes down, it looks like it's going to be a tight race for Winston's signature and the Texas Longhorns are right at the front of the pack.

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