ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- First-year Dwight Morrow coach Barry Harris is turning around the Englewood, N.J., program, and the future is in good hands with a strong junior class.
The headliner of the 2014 class at Dwight Morrow is receiver Juwann Winfree, who already has an offer from Pitt. Winfree, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 180 pounds, visited Pittsburgh for a game earlier this season. That is when the Pitt coaches extended the offer.
“It was nice. They showed me around the facilities and I met some of the player, and I know a lot of players are from New Jersey so I was able to talk to them,” said Winfree, who visited Sept. 22 for the Gardner-Webb game.
“They said they love my film and the fact I’m very athletic and can play both positions [receiver and cornerback].”
Playing in a run-first offense, Winfree does not have many catches but has made the most of his opportunities. His film has caught the eyes of several other schools.
Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Rutgers and Vanderbilt have shown interest in Winfree. A Florida fan who grew up watching Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin, Winfree hopes the Gators join the ranks of those programs interested soon.
Penn State has also talked to Harris about Winfree, as well as junior Julius Wingate, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound safety.
Penn State coach John Strollo swung by Dwight Morrow recently and asked about Wingate.
“The Penn State coach said he loved my height, wants to see my grades -- they were all right -- and then he wanted to see the film and he’d get back to me,” Wingate said.
Wingate spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Bergen Catholic before coming back to the Englewood area. Wingate grew up playing youth football with Harris, Winfree and fellow Dwight Morrow junior Warren Lumsden.
Lumsden is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end and has interest from Akron, Georgia Tech and Temple. The Yellowjackets staff reached out to Harris to hear about Lumsden, who is second on the team in tackles with around 50.
“They like my size and how I play,” he said. “They said I need to play lower … [but like] that I play hard and run to the ball and my technique is sound and I’m well coached.”