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Missouri Football Recruiting: Evan Winston Adds Defensive Lineman To 2012 Class

Today is National Signing Day so there’s going to be a slew of updates on players who could have signed that didn’t and players who end up switching over. In the midst of it all, Gary Pinkel hopes that players follow through on the commits they’ve already given via the archaic fax machine.

Evan Winston is the latest Mizzou recruit to send in his fax, a big 6-4 defensive tackle from Muskegon, Michigan that gives Pinkel a strong recruit in the defensive interior. From the We Are Mizzou Blog:

A versatile talent who projects at multiple defensive line spots at the collegiate level … Plays with power and has shown a good knack for shedding blocks to be effective against both the run and pass … Rivals ranks him as the No. 18 overall prospect at any position in the state of Michigan for 2012 … ESPN has him as the nation’s No. 73 defensive tackle prospect … Named to the Detroit News Dream Team as a senior, and also took home 1st-Team All-State and 1st-Team All-Area honors in 2011 … Made 88 tackles as a senior, including 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks while forcing 5 fumbles along the way … Had 93 tackles during his junior season, with 11 of them going for sacks … Three-sport letterwinner, who also excelled in basketball and track for his school … High school coach – Tony Blankenship … Parents – Steven & Kathy Winston … Enjoys working out, fishing and playing basketball in his spare time away from football … Plans to major in nursing at Mizzou … Chose Mizzou over Arkansas, Michigan State, Kansas State, Iowa, Illinois, Cincinnati, Louisville and Houston, among others … Lists the stability of Mizzou’s coaching staff, as well as the overall family atmosphere around the program as major factors that drew him to MU.