May 23, 2012

St. Louis WR looking at Purdue

St. Louis receiver Corey Winfield didn't expect an offer from the Boilermakers so soon, but when Purdue came to his school a couple weeks ago, the invitation was extended.

"I thought they were just there to talk to me, but when they told me I had an offer I was really excited," the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder said. "Their engineering school is great and it's a good school to go to."

Winfield, an aspiring mechanical engineer, has offers from Purdue, Northern Illinois, Ball State and most recently Western Kentucky. And others are expressing interest, as well, like Oklahoma State, Illinois and Indiana.

"I just got off the phone with Indiana like two minutes ago," he said Tuesday night. "They want me to come to camp because they're ready to pull the trigger with the offer."

Winfield, who is an outstanding high school long jumper, is planning to get to several camps during the summer. He's scheduled to go to Oklahoma State and Northern Illinois next month, and has plans to go to Purdue, too.

"I haven't picked a date yet, but trying to get things together," he said of a camp and visit to Purdue.

That, though, will have to come after his track season ends. The senior-to-be at Riverview Gardens High is competing in the state track finals Friday, where he is the No. 1 seed in the long jump. His personal best, set this season, is 22-feet, 10.5-inches.

He's spent this spring working at the track, but spending time working on football, too. At least twice a week, Winfield catches 200 tennis balls and 200 football, using the Nike Strobe Goggles to improve his hand-eye coordination.

Winfield says he doesn't have any favorites as of now, and wants to wait 'til the middle or end of next season before making a college choice.

"But I'm really happy with the offers that I have because one is better than none," said Winfield, who mentioned Purdue as a likely spot for an official visit.

"I'm going to take my official visits. I want to see everybody and I want to see what's out there. Everybody is different and I want to end up at a school where I'm comfortable with the coaches and comfortable with the players."

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