Vandy honing in on Guillory

Winston Guillory capped off his senior season at Episcopal School of Dallas with a big performance in the school's Southwest Prep championship game. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver put up big numbers (1630 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns) which has led to some heavy interest from D-1 colleges in the land. VandyMania.com caught up with Guillory to see where the attention is coming from.

"It was great to hear from Vanderbilt," Guilllory said. "The Director of Player Personnel, Tyler Barnes, offered me a preferred walk-on spot. The staff thinks that I can come in and crack the starting lineup and earn some money towards my scholarship later on. It's all been recent with Vanderbilt. I started hearing from them two, three weeks ago. They said they loved my film, thought I had the grades and the tests scores, and would fit well in the program.

"Vandy's a great school. They play in the toughest conference out there and they hold their own. With Coach Mason and his staff, I see the program only going upwards and becoming a powerhouse in their own right in the SEC-East. Vandy was always one of my favorite schools growing up because I appreciated the blend they have with academics and athletics. They play against schools with stadiums that hold 100 thousand people in a wild, SEC atmosphere. It would be awesome to have that experience. It would be a lot of fun. I'm strongly considering taking them up on the offer."

Duke and Cal are also after Guillory's services as well as many of the Ivy League programs. The D-1 interest started, Guillory said, way back in his sophomore season.

"That year I put up some big numbers," he said. "I think that's what attracted the coaches initially and it went from there. I've been a four-year starter at Episcopal. This year as just and unbelievable experience winning a championship with guys I started playing tackle football since the third grade. It's a surreal feeling. I had a pretty good championship game with 128 yards on four catches and a touchdown.

"Now my focus shifts to recruiting. I'm hearing from schools like Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth out of the Ivy League. Cal, Duke, Northwestern, and Notre Dame, I'm hearing from as well. I'm looking at all of my opportunities. I'm trying to get as much information as possible to make a well-informed decision on college. My parents are always telling me to look at the academics, that there's more to life after I'm done with football. That's what I'm going to do, but I'd like to play in a top conference against the best competition out there. That great mixture of top-notch academics and prowess in football is what I've been after."

Episcopal School of Dallas beat Oklahoma City Casady 42-14 in Saturday, November 8th, for the SPC small-school championship game at Jesuit’s Postell Stadium in Dallas.

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