Former Syracuse Orange cornerback Corey Winfield will spend his final season of eligibility with the West Virginia Mountaineers, he announced via Instagram on Friday.
Of the players that departed SU football in recent months, Corey Winfield’s departure was among the most significant. The Orange’s defensive struggles were significant last year, but Winfield may have been the team’s best cornerback for the full season. He recorded 41 tackles and an interception last year. It’s likely he would’ve been near the top of the depth chart for the 2017 season.
Despite the high level of play on the field, Winfield’s final season at SU was not without strife. He and fellow corner Chauncey Scissum were victims of an off-campus stabbing incident in the spring. It was a scary series of events, though thankfully, both players would return to the field healthy. Scissum also announced his own transfer in late 2016.
Winfield is the latest Syracuse transfer to successfully find a new home this offseason. QB Austin Wilson headed to Coastal Carolina. The list of others with new schools include Alryk Perry (Valdosta State), Trey Dunkelberger (Western Illinois), Tyler Cross (Butler JUCO) and Anthony Giudice (Fordham).
Best of luck to Corey going forward (despite the commitment to sort-of rival West Virginia)!