“My dream has always been to play in the Pac-12. I verbally committed to Eastern Michigan and the day after I did that, yesterday, Washington State came knocking at the door. And it was a dream come true,” Winston tells CF.C.
So what did WSU like about Winston?
“I just put together my film two weeks ago and WSU said I can be a dynamic player for them – they love how I catch the ball away from my body and with my hands. They like my body control and speed … I had put my tape out there and was just hoping for the best,” said Winston.
With a trio of Winston’s CCSF teammates heading to WSU the past two recruiting classes, he’d also been hoping for a crimson offer but said WSU wanted to be sure he would be a midyear transfer (something that can increase a recruit’s value considerably). Once that became clear, Washington State moved quickly.
“They’ve picked up a lot of our players lately, two of our safeties (Shalom Luani, Robert Taylor) and my quarterback goes there, Anthony Gordon,” said Winston. “I’ve wanted to play in the Pac-12 my whole life… I feel like I can definitely make an impact in that conference.
“I’m going to ink with them tomorrow.”
WINSTON WAS THE leading receiver for CCSF this season, with 71 receptions for 1,171 yards (106.5 ypg) with 12 TD receptions. Over his two-year junior college career, he caught 133 passes for 2,157 yards with 24 TDs.
Area recruiter Jim Mastro and outside receivers coach Dave Nichol ran the recruiting point on the accelerated recruiting process, Winston said.
He is ticketed for outside receiver at Washington State.
“I talked to (Mastro) and he congratulated me and said he was happy to have me commit and be on my way up there,” said Winston. “Coach Nichol told me I can definitely have an instant impact and compete. And I’m just ready to get out there and compete.
“I’ll be playing outside (receiver) for Coach Nichol, the outside receivers coach and he was who contacted me first, but I also told him I played a little inside at City too, but I think I’ll be playing primarily outside. I’m just ready to compete no matter where I line up, I’m just glad it opened up for me at Washington State.”
Another WSU target out of CCSF, Robert Valencia, had not announced his decision. The 6-6, 290-pound o-lineman, also a midyear transfer, is deciding between WSU, Cal, Utah and Texas Tech.