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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Top NIU pledge Winfield updates status

By Jared Shanker

When Corey Winfield (St. Louis/Riverview Gardens) committed to Northern Illinois in July, he said he would still take his official visits. He had an offer from the Big Ten and wanted to explore all of his options.

Following an 11-2 season and an appearance in the Orange Bowl, the Huskies’ top 2013 commitment says that is no longer the case.

“I think I’m done and am ready to go to Northern Illinois right now,” Winfield said.

A three-star receiver, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound Winfield committed to the Huskies in early July. He committed to NIU over an offer from Purdue, too.

At the time, he visited the Huskies several times but had not been to many other places, including Purdue. As he thought more about it, he feels he saw and knows everything he needs to about Northern Illinois to feel comfortable with his decision.

“When I went out there and took the visits and met the coaches it seemed like family,” Winfield said. “The main thing of picking a team was if I can bond with them as a family.”

Many of the coaches Winfield committed too, including Dave Doeren, are no longer in DeKalb, however. He said that is no concern to him, as Rod Carey was promoted to head coach from within the staff.

“It didn’t get to me much because the change was good for his family. I understand that’s the reason he left,” Winfield said. “Coach Carey is the head coach and offensive coordinator and everything is still the same to me.”