Opportunity, Coaches, Key for Incoming West Virginia Graduate Transfer Corey Winfield

Graduate transfer Corey Winfield liked West Virginia as a possible destination from the outset of his school search, and he found confirmation on his trip to WVU.

"The visit was good, and I committed [while I was there]," Corey Winfield told "The opportunity to play there, the coaches and being around my new teammates were some of the reasons I committed."

Winfield played for three seasons at Syracuse, totaling 85 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks in 32 games.  He broke up ten passes and also had a fumble recovery.

On his visit, Winfield strengthened his connection with defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

"He's a great guy! Straight forward!" Winfield said enthusiastically. "I am looking forward to playing for his defense."

Although Winfield was released from his scholarship at Syracuse in November, he still had work to complete in order to graduate, so he will not be able to come to WVU until May. He is scheduled to graduate in the middle of that month, and plans to come to Morgantown shortly thereafter.

Winfield a two-year starter, originally came to Syracuse as a wide receiever, but after a redshirt year in 2013 moved to the defensive secondary. He had 20 starts, and missed four more during his sophomore year when a broken thumb sidelined him.

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