Name: Corey Winfield
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
High School: Riverview Gardens
2014 Stats: Winfield was moved from wide receiver to cornerback during preseason camp last year. He played in all 12 games, recording 14 tackles in total, including 0.5 tackles for loss.
2015 Projections: At one of the cornerback slots on the post-spring depth chart, Winfield is listed as a starter, the other being senior Wayne Morgan.
How'd He Get Here?: Winfield had offers from Purdue, Wyoming, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Ball State, and Miami (OH) and was originally committed to Northern Illinois. The new coaching staff after Marrone left convinced him to flip his decision to S.U.
What Did Recruiting Sites Say?: Rivals and ESPN both gave Winfield three stars while Scout gave him only two. He was also rated the No. 20 player in the state of Missouri by Rivals and the No. 23 in the state by Scout and ESPN.
Money Quote: We're taking a trip down memory lane with this quote that he had while watching the 2013 spring game:
"After watching the spring game it seemed like I could just come in and compete and get a spot (at wide receiver). That's always been me. Always confident."
He definitely showed confidence in taking over Wayne Morgan's spot when he got injured, and that's a huge factor in him being named as a co-starter as of now.
Links of Wonder: Winfield has an amazing leaping ability, which makes for the potential for great plays, as he has made in the past.
Twitterfeed: He does not appear to have an official Twitter account.
Tweets of Wonder: Winfield had an early highlight in this year's spring game. Good for him, not so great for Hunt...
Terrel Hunt throws an early pick on a sideline route. Corey Winfield jumped on it— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) April 4, 2015
What Does the Coaching Staff Think?: The staff definitely has faith in the Redshirt Sophomore, if they named him a co-starter. Here's what Shafer had to say about the kid when he first arrived in the fall of 2013:
"He never looks like he's going fast on the football field, but he runs away from people. And you talk about acrobatic plays - you throw it up and watch him go up for it. He's got like a 39-inch vertical jump. The only guy I've seen jump higher than him is (receivers coach at the time) Rob Moore."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: His high school coach called him "the best blocking wide receiver I've ever coached," so it was destined that Syracuse would use that to their advantage.
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