Raymond Wingo has officially cleared the first big recruiting hurdle.
His list of 12 scholarship offers has been narrowed down to just six. For a player who has been downright methodical in the process, it's a massive step. Still standing after the cut are Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana.
Even with the cut in his rearview, though, Wingo, always careful with his words, avoids saying too much.
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"I like all the schools that offered me, but I narrowed it down to those," Wingo said. "It's too much to explain why I did picked those. It would take too long to even do it."
The next step in the process is on hold. It will remain there for a while, too. Wingo does not plan to take a single official visit during his senior season. He will, instead, wait until he finishes his high school career to explore his future. This is how he works. Always has been.
It's not necessarily efficient, but it's what he's elected to do. Anyone waiting for a commitment will have to buckle down for a long ride. This one looks like it's set to go the distance.
"I'll probably just decide and sign on the last day, signing day," Wingo said. "I might take one or two unofficials in the season, but that's all."
Wingo is careful not to show his hand. He may really been torn between his final six or he could be building drama. It's always been hard to read the St. Louis University School athlete. Ask him which programs are recruiting him the hardest, and he replies with "all the schools."
It's almost not even worth the trouble of asking if he has a frontrunner. If he's leaning one way or another, he's certainly not excited to share that information.
"I don't have a favorite right now," he said. "I've just been focused on my team."
Though listed as an athlete, Wingo is being recruited primarily as a cornerback. He is ranked as the No. 32 athlete in America and the No. 6 overall prospect in the state of Missouri.
Wingo's older brother, Ronnie, played four seasons at Arkansas and signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent earlier this year.