Winter still coming to Montlake

Walter Winter is a 6-5, 235-pound LB/DE for Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita, and also a verbal commitment for the University of Washington. He committed when Rick Neuheisel was the head coach. Now that Neuheisel is no longer around, does that change things for Walt?

"I'm excited for Coach Gilbertson, I like him a lot," Winter told "I'm glad he's the coach they hired. I haven't really talked to him since summer camp and haven't really spoken with anybody but Washington is the school I'm committed to."

Walter has been paying attention to what's been going on over at Montlake. "I went down to the scrimmage at Evergreen State College," he said. "I only went to a couple of practices when Coach Neuheisel was still around, but it seemed to me that things are a little more intense. It looked like they are working pretty hard."

Recently, Tom Lemming of ESPN released his high school linebacker rankings and Walter showed up as the fourth-best linebacker in the country, a very nice honor for a local player. "I was pretty excited because when I talked to Tom Lemming he told me I would be in the top 25," he said. "I was just happy to be on it, but then I saw it and I was fourth, so I was pretty happy about that."

With the Rebels just beginning to get their practices underway, Winter is happy to have the pads on, so he can let them do the talking. Top Stories