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Winfield talks Northern Illinois commitment

Riverview Gardens (St. Louis) did not have a student go Division I in football or basketball in seven years. That changed Sunday night.

Athlete Corey Winfield committed to Northern Illinois this weekend after visiting the school Sunday. Much of this visit was about academics after Winfield visited for a scrimmage previously during the spring.

“I went and took a tour at the school and met the dean of engineering and mechanical engineering,” Winfield said Monday night. “I met the players a while back, went to the meetings and all that. The players are really cool. I look at them as family and my brothers.

“(The dean) was saying most of the things they do is hands on. They build cars. He’s telling me how fun it is, how it’s really like. I talked to one of the players and he’s in the process of finishing up a motorcycle.”

On the field, Winfield will play outside receiver for the Huskies. He said the staff told him it wants to move a few of the Huskies receivers to the slot to make room for the 6-foot-1, 174-pound Winfield. With the Huskies shuffling their roster, there is an opportunity for Winfield to play early.

Glad to get his commitment out of the way, Winfield still doesn’t think he will end the recruiting process. He will likely take official visits during the season.

“I’ll probably take a couple of visits, use my officials to go to the other schools just to make sure I’m on the right path, make the right decision,” Winfield said. “But most likely there’s not going to be any second thoughts.”

Arkansas State, Ball State, Miami (Ohio), Purdue, Western Kentucky and Wyoming also offered Winfield.