Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: #26 OLB
Vitals: 6’4 / 218
Hometown: Clairton (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson HS
His Recruiting Story:
Jefferson’s history of success and highly recruited players continues with Winovich and it was evident that would happen during his junior season. He helped his team to an 11-1 record, earning first team All-Conference honors after recording 69 tackles and three forced fumbles. That lead to a flurry of offers which included Pittsburgh, the home state school and first to offer, Florida State and Northwestern. In the Spring, Ohio State and Michigan offered one day apart. After a few spring visits, he committed to Michigan at the beginning of June.
There is plenty of “Wow” factor of Winovich, and it begins with his frame and athleticism. He runs like a receiver and is flexible. He has a very good feel for the game, anticipates well, has speed and burst and plays a physical style. He also does a nice jog of tackling low and wrapping up. When he makes a tackle, it is with a thud and it is heavy. He changes direction well and has very good feet, which allows his to navigate through congestion and avoid blocks. – Scout.com national analyst Brian Dohn
“First, I committed to the University of Michigan because academically, it’s a top notch program and one of the best universities in the world. I think ultimately it was the best fit for me in several different aspects. Academically and athletically it was the perfect fit for me... and not even just for football. The whole idea of Michigan is winning. They really act on what they preach. They have shown that. And another thing is the people. The people in Michigan are some of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met. I’ve had great interactions with them. I think a lot of them think like me. I feel a lot of the ideals that I want to see in myself, I see in those people. I think that really helped push me over the edge.”
Long, athletic and smart, those attributes are why GBW believes Winovich could end up being one of the best defensive players in the class. His ability to run and get to the football should enable him to play special teams early in his career and he’s certainly a kid who is not done growing and adding to his frame yet.