Bruins Offer Lamar Winston

Mar. 4 -- The Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic linebacker, Lamar Winston, was offered by UCLA on Tuesday...

Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic 2016 linebacker Lamar Winston (6-3, 205) picked up an early offer from Oregon State, before his junior year.

Then came a little blitz after Signing Day, before a lull hit.

But in the last week, Winston has added three more Pac-12 offers, all from California schools, and its back to being busy.

“It has been a surprise because there have been three big schools that came in and offered in the past week,” said Winston. “It’s definitely a surprise but I’m very thankful for it. It took me by surprise all the attention I’ve gotten. I didn’t think it would get this big. I’ve just been trying to play but when USC and UCLA offer, that’s a huge surprise and I didn’t expect it to get this big.”

Winston was offered by USC last week.

“I talked to the head coach, Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian), and he’s who offered me,” said Winston. “But Coach (Peter) Sirmon is who I talk to mostly. I like Coach Sirmon a lot. He’s very genuine and cares a lot about his players.” On Tuesday afternoon, Cal followed with an offer.

“Coach (Garret) Chachere offered me from Cal,” said Winston, who plays at the same school that Cal linebacker Brennan Scarlett prepped at. “We had been talking a lot but then he told me (Tuesday) that they were offering me.”

Not long after, UCLA completed the California trifecta when they offered.

“Coach (Jim) Mora offered me, but I talk mostly with Coach (Scott) White. He said last week they were going to offer me, but he wanted it to be a better experience for me than him offering, he wanted it to be legit and official so I called them and Coach Mora offered me. That meant a lot too, that he took time out of his busy schedule to offer me. They don’t have to do that because its tough to talk to all the athletes they recruit, but he wanted to personally offer me.”

Winston is hoping to see all three schools this spring.

“This spring break, I’m planning to go down to Southern California to visit some family and then take an unofficial visit to USC and to UCLA,” said Winston. “And then we want to hit Cal too on our way back.”

Winston said that he’s talking with Washington and UCLA the most, and both are recruiting him pretty hard.

“Recruiting me the hardest, I’d say Washington is recruiting me pretty hard and UCLA is also,” said Winston.

But neither school have a commitment from a teammate, like Oregon does in Brady Breeze.

“Brady, I can definitely say, is recruiting me harder than any coach,” joked Winston. “I was wearing my Oregon visor and an Oregon shirt to school and he looked at me and said ‘is this an early sign that you’re committing?. It was funny. I love him and would love to play with him in college.”

The Ducks do have a pair of coaches recruiting him too, both Don Pellum, the defensive coordinator, and his primary recruiter, Erik Chinander, the linebackers coach.

Oregon State, who offered him when Mike Riley was the head coach, continues to pursue him under new head coach Gary Andersen.

“I talk to Coach Andersen on the phone, but Coach (T.J.) Woods, the offensive line coach, is my area coach and we have a real good relationship,” said Winston.

Winston is still playing basketball for the Rams, who started the playoffs on Tuesday, and after winning a state title in football in the fall (their second straight), he’s hoping to add to the hardware.

“I’m going for a third ring now with basketball,” said Winston.

Winston said he’s going to The Opening Regional Camp in either Oakland or in Eugene this spring.

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