FOREST PARK, Ohio — Five months after winning the Division II state football championship, Winton Woods hasn’t changed his mind as he prepares for this summer.
“We always work as underdogs – that’s a fact,” Winton Woods coach Chad Murphy said.
Winton Woods hosted dozens of college football coaches late Thursday afternoon as part of the County Fair College Combine, which included eight schools in Greater Cincinnati.
Varsity coaches in programs at all levels were able to observe and evaluate rising freshman players through senior classes in various agility stations and football-related drills without helmets or shoulder pads.
Wyoming started the day at 6 a.m., and the combine schedule also included Mount Healthy, Middletown, Withrow, Walnut Hills, La Salle and Princeton.
Winton Woods, who beat Archbishop of Akron Hoban 21-10 in the Division II State Finals Dec. 2 in Canton, returns with plenty of talent and several players with scholarship offers or verbal commitments for this coming season. Winton Woods is set to begin a new journey after a memorable state championship following a 1-2 start in 2021.
There are several talented players, including Winton Woods 2023 cornerback Cameron Calhoun, who made a verbal commitment to West Virginia on March 30.
Winton Woods defensive back Jermaine Mathews Jr. is ranked Ohio’s ninth best player in the class of 2023 by 247 Sports with several major scholarship offers.
Several players received scholarship offers on Thursday, including 2024 wide receiver/wide receiver Tra’mar Harris (Purdue and Georgia Tech) as well as 2025 defensive back Donmiel Rogers (Georgia Tech).
Winton Woods 2023 linebacker Qierstin Williams has secured a scholarship offer from Tiffin University. 2023 defensive backs Lorenzo Hudson and Ade Giwa Jr. have secured scholarship offers from the University of Charleston.
Several other players have already secured scholarship offers or will do so in the near future for Winton Woods.
Murphy understands the spotlight Winton Woods has received, but said the team doesn’t discuss his talent on the court. He prefers the focus to be on improving as summer approaches.
Winton Woods will host Trotwood-Madison at the season opener on August 19.
Murphy said Thursday’s combination was beneficial for the players as the college camp circuit begins in June.
“It’s just a great opportunity with summer camps coming up and college camps – it’s great for our kids to get a little experience on their own turf in front of these guys,” Murphy said. . “I think that’s a difference maker.”
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