Defensive back Corey Winfield, who will graduate from Syracuse in May, announced in December that he would play his final season of eligibility elsewhere. While he did not go into details as to the reason for his decision, he was clearly a productive player for the Orange. He finished this past season with 41 tackles and four pass breakups as a starter. He played in 32 games for Syracuse, starting 20, and had 85 career tackles, ten passes defended and three sacks.
"I'm looking for a place I can start," Winfield told BlueGoldNews.com of his priorities in identifying his transfer destination. "I am looking at this transfer as a fresh start, and I want a place where I can have a good relationship with the coaches."
Winfield began that process with West Virginia coaches on Tuesday, when he had an in-home visit with members of the Mountaineer staff. He plans to set up a visit to campus sometime near the end of February. In the meantime, he will also investigate Purdue and UCLA, two other schools that are on his list of interest. Visits to either of both of those schools could also be made.
"After I look at all of the schools, I will sit down with my family and talk everything over and then make my decision," he said.
West Virginia's history with graduate transfers could be a big factor in his decision.
"I have talked with Maurice Fleming a lot, and he told me a lot of good things about West Virginia," Fleming said of the Iowa graduate who came to WVU. "He had a great experience there. West Virginia is a place I am very interested in."
Winfeld redshirted in 2013, then played three seasons for the Orange before deciding to transfer at the end of the 2016 season. Once he makes his choice, he will enroll for summer sessions.
Winfield was the subject of some notoriety when he was stabbed by former teammate Naesean Howard last April. Winfield had no culpability in the incident, and multiple sources confirmed that Winfield was attempting to help a teammate and calm the situation as it occurred.