OLB Winovich Has Visits Set

Chase Winovich

Thomas Jefferson High (Clairton, Pa.) outside linebacker Chase Winovich has a handful of unofficial visits set for next month, and he broke down each of the schools on his agenda.

Outside linebacker Chase Winovich of Thomas Jefferson High (Clairton, Pa.) is setting up visits as his recruiting process hit the next level.

He already visited Notre Dame (no offer), Pittsburgh, Michigan (no offer) and Harvard, and is slated to return to Pittsburgh on April 5, then visit Ohio State on April 6, Penn State on April 13 and Northwestern on April 20.

"Most of my spring visits are scheduled, so that's pretty exciting," the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Winovich said. "I'm looking forward to that, and eventually getting to the summer and working out in the weight room and with my team."

Winovich, who is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, is familiar with Pittsburgh because of proximity and is looking forward to a return trip to campus.

"They are the first school to offer me a scholarship, and there's something to be said about the commitment, and that they'd take a chance before anyone else would," Winovich said. "They continue to show more interest than anyone else. I got 103 letters from Pittsburgh the other day, and plus its home for me.

"Right now, though, I'm going to keep all my options open, and explore every option. "

After spending next Friday at Pittsburgh, he is slated to make the drive to Columbus to visit Ohio State.

"I think Ohio State is a great school with a great football program and they have a lot of tradition," Winovich said. "I have talked a lot with (assistant) coach (Luke) Fickell, and I've predominantly been talking to him on the phone, and that's how the visit came up. They're going to show me all the academic stuff, and see where I could play."

Winovich hasn't been to Ohio State, but he has driven through Columbus several time when he was going to see his brother, Peter, at Bowling Green.

"We always went through Columbus," Winovich said. "It was kind of on the way, so seeing all the Ohio State support, that kind of contributed to my feelings toward it. Also, seeing a WPIAL player in Terrelle Pryor, and seeing WPIAL players go to Ohio State and make name for themselves, I've definitely wondered if that could be me."

Penn State is a school close to Winovich as well. He talks regularly with assistant coaches Charles London, John Butler and Ron Vanderlinden, and also thinks highlight of coach Bill O'Brien.

"They've written me a ton of handwritten cards," Winovich said. "My first outlook is that coach O'Brien is really good. Coach Vanderlinden is one of the best, if not the best, linebackers coaches in the country. There is the opportunity to excel at linebacker if I do attend there."

Northwestern is the final trip on Winovich's schedule, although that could change, and he does have some interesting knowledge about the school.

"Other than Stephen Colbert graduated from there, I like the fact that they have a great academic program and that they're competitive in academics and athletics," Winovich said. "They have a bright future for their athletic facilities with brand new ridiculously expensive sports complex, and the proximity to Chicago …it would be the half way point to Chicago for driving, so there are a lot of factors they have. "

"I've been talking to Coach [Adam] Cushing. He's the lineman coach for Northwestern, and I think he's in charge of my area. I've been in contact with him as well as the linebacker coach [Randy Bates]"

With all the visits set, Winovich isn't ready to say he has a true leader. Instead, he is trying to learn as much as possible about schools recruiting him.

"I just try be more of a sponge," he said, "and absorb everything and take note of who my coaches were going to be, see where I'm going to be, and see what really fits me. I'm going to have to go wherever I'm proud to say I have a degree from. "

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