Vanderbilt the latest to offer Windsor

After a dominant performance at Fond Du Lac (Wis.) High School, Robert Windsor caught the attention of several D-I college programs and landed five offers within the span of a month. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive tackle received his first offer in mid-October from Illinois followed by North Dakota State, New Mexico, Purdue, Eastern Michigan, and, most recently, Vanderbilt.

Windsor spoke to VandyMania.com about pursing his dream of playing was as a defensive lineman, possibly in the SEC.

"I've been speaking with the Vanderbilt defensive coordinator for the past two weeks," Windsor said. "Two days ago, they offered me. Coach Kotulski told me (the staff) thinks I'm a special player, especially for my size. He said they saw someone with a relentless motor, who goes at it 100-percent throughout the game.

"To be honest, I don't know a whole lot about the Vanderbilt program right now. I'm learning more. I know it's a great school. I also know that the SEC is a terrific conference to play in. I have three official visits set but I think I'll be taking a fourth to Vanderbilt."

Windsor was the 2014 Valley-South Defensive Co-Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year after a senior season in which he posted 56 tackles and five and a half sacks and 13 tackles for loss. He was also selected First Team All-State in WIAA Division 1.

"We ended up losing in the third round to Kimberly, the eventual state champion," Windsor said on his senior season with the Cardinals. "I can proudly say I gave it my all on every play of the season. I played D-tackle in a 3-4 defense. It was my third year as a starter. I'm always striving to get better and improve my game. This year I feel like I improved in a lot of areas but mostly with use of my hands and pursuit of the football."

Going into the season it wasn't certain Windsor would even play. He suffered a fracture in his foot during the summer but got healthy enough by the fall to play through the pain. Windsor headed a defense that allowed just 15.3 points per game and helped his team to a 10-2 record. The performance led to regional recruiting attention which has expanded now throughout the country.

"I'm definitely looking at schools in the South and the East," he said. "If I think the school has the most potential for me to be successful I'd be willing to leave the Midwest. I'm going to Illinois this weekend, then Purdue the following weekend on official visits. I'll be going to Pittsburgh after that. They haven't offered me yet and I told them I didn't want to visit if they were offering, but they insisted they were going to if I made the trip. Vanderbilt has come in now with an offer and I'll probably give them my last official visit before I decide.

"I'm going to look at a number of things on my official visits. I want to see where the program is currently. Is it a program in the process of being rebuilt or is it competing for championships? I also want to talk to the players on the team and the recruits coming in next year. It's an important thing to surround yourself with good people. It feels good to have these offers and know that I'm wanted, that these coaches believe I can play at the next level."

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