The city of Muskegon in West Michigan does not produce Division 1 football players every year, but those they have produced in the past are usually among the state's best. Muskegon Heights defensive end Evan Winston appears to be following that trend with six early scholarship offers.
The 6-4, 240-pound Winston has already received offer notifications from Toledo, Western Michigan, Ball State, Marshall, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan. Several BCS Conference schools are also showing considerable interest in the Muskegon native.
"Syracuse has shown me the most love from the automatic BCS qualifier [conferences]," Winston said. "I talked to Syracuse and they said they would have something on the table next week. [Tyrone] Wheatley said he has watched me play and he loves the way I get after the quarterback. He loves the way I come off the edge and said he would love for me to be doing the same thing in a few years for Syracuse.
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"Iowa and Wisconsin came in to see me. Cincinnati shows me a lot of love because my brother plays for Central Michigan and the coaching staff from when he first went there transferred to Cincinnati, so I am very familiar with those coaches. They come see me quite frequently."
Winston attended junior days at Michigan State and Toledo late last month. The Spartans intrigue him because of their proximity to his home.
"I want to stay in-state and Michigan State I like a lot," Winston said. "I haven't heard too much from U-M. They had the coaching change, so I'm not stressing that too much. I am supposed to be going to a camp there at the end of this month."
Winston has no plans to end his recruitment any time soon, and he looks forward to more offers coming his way in the future. He has plans for generating additional offers before his senior season.
"In the summertime I am taking three weeks out and we are going on a road trip," Winston said. "We haven't gotten all the camps planned out yet, but we are going to be gone for three weeks so we'll be hitting at least ten.
As a junior, Winston earned all-state honorable mention and all-area accolades after posting 94 tackles and 11 sacks from his defensive end position.