Cougs standing apart for relentless d-tackle

DON'T LET THE FACT he hasn't been evaluated by Scout.com fool you -- Las Vegas d-tackle Billy Winn has not only double digit offers, he has the most of any player in the Silver State. A relentless pass rusher who could play either defensive tackle or end at the next level, one of his scholie offers is from Washington State and Winn said the Cougs are one of three that are standing apart.

Winn said he still remains open to everyone and doesn't anticipate making a decision until sometime in January. Still, there are three schools who are standing apart from the rest.

"Right now, it's Oregon, Washington State and Texas Tech that are standing out," said Winn. "I'm still trying to wait it out and see what comes my way, though."

Winn said he didn't have any in-home visits planned for this week as he prepares for the 4A class state title game this Saturday. On Dec. 9, Winn will visit Oregon. He's already been to Texas Tech, as well as Arizona State. His fourth official trip is set to Washington State, scheduled for the first week in January.

"For me, it's just going to be about wherever I fit in at," said Winn.

Some schools are recruiting the 6-4, 260-pound Winn at d-end but the Cougs see him as a defensive tackle as he physically matures into his frame. The interior of the defensive line is also Winn's preference at the next level, though he said he's happy to play anywhere.

HEADED INTO last week's semifinal playoff victory, Winn had racked up 12 sacks this year in lining up all over the Las Vegas High defensive line.

Winn came into the season as a player with plenty of potential and a solid d-lineman but he's taken it to another level in '06. He's forced offenses to change their schemes but teams have yet to figure out how to effectively block him. Indeed, he's proven to have been all but unblockable, with a number of multi-sack games including a pair of 4-sack performances, including one in the semifinals.

In 12 games, Winn has 61 tackles, including 14 sacks. Considering he has lined up at both defensive tackle and defensive end, the numbers are even more impressive. Winn has also forced two fumbles and recovered another two.

Winn has also shown he's more than just about rushing the passer -- he has seven stops for loss against the run.

Billy Winn

NOTABLE NOTE: A one star designation by Scout.com, such as the rating Billy Winn has, means the network has not yet evaluated a prospect.


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