Concerning opening presents and pouring yet another glass of egg nog, some Penn State fans may have missed Derek Wingo’s Xmas Working day commitment. But the 2020 4-star linebacker should not be disregarded.
Wingo — the No. 194 in general prospect and No. 13 outside the house linebacker in the 2020 cycle, for each 247 Sports’ composite rankings — is a critical verbal dedicate. The St. Thomas Aquinas star is still yet another Sunshine State products picking Penn State, propelling the Nittany Lions’ recruiting attempts in Florida.
Wingo was the second prospect to be part of Penn State’s 2020 course. 3-star OL Grant Toutant committed in November, and a lot more not too long ago, 4-star CB Joshuah Moten and 4-star OLB Curtis Jacobs chose James Franklin’s Nittany Lions on Feb. 2.
We chatted with Wingo about symbolizing Florida, how committed he is to Penn State and who he may be recruiting to be part of him in Content Valley.
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CDT: John Dunmore from Chaminade and TJ Jones from Columbia signed in the 2019 course. You are committed in the 2020 course. Which is three Florida men — what can you say about the occupation Ja’Juan Seider has finished obtaining Penn State into Florida?
Wingo: I believe he seriously begun to thrust for it in the 2019 course, obtaining a few men from down listed here obviously. And I believe 2020 is likely to be a good deal a lot more. He’s been talking to men from our place and making an attempt to get them up there from Broward, Dade and Palm Seashore and spots like that. Him, and even Mentor Franklin, has been coming down to discuss to the men. It is been quite great.
CDT: Who are some of the men currently being targeted down there? And how have you possibly helped out in recruiting them?
Wingo: The greatest thing for me is, I try to keep in consistent contact with them and try to get them up there for a go to. Even some of the men who are out-of-condition, but primarily the Florida men. There are 2020 men from Deerfield Seashore, like (three-star WR) Deajaun McDougle and their working again (4-star Jaylan Knighton). Some of the men from my crew, also, like our new restricted stop Jake Ray, (4-star OT) Marcus Dumervil, (5-star WR) Marcus Rosemy.
CDT: Is just obtaining these men persuaded to go up for a go to the greatest phase?
Wingo: Definitely. For the reason that I believe once they get up there for a go to, get to see the campus, get to discuss to Mentor Franklin just one-on-just one and get to sit down up there, they’ll unquestionably transform their thoughts and get a great issue of watch of the place.
CDT: Escalating up, did you at any time believe PSU would be an alternative?
Wingo: I didn’t, but my mother was born in Philly. So we have a good deal of family members associates up there. So it wasn’t also undesirable obtaining up there, and then we saw what they experienced to provide.
CDT: Obviously you can not signal for yet another 10 months and in that time the recruiting does not prevent. Noticed that you frequented Miami a several weeks ago and acquired an provide from Tennessee not too long ago. What is this approach like for you now? You are committed, and still you want to see this thing out.
Wingo: I’m obviously 100 percent committed to Penn State. Which is my university, and which is where by I want to be. But I’m generally likely to keep shut ties to some other colleges, if the worst-situation situation comes about. But I’m 100 percent committed to Penn State. I’m still obtaining delivers and still currently being achieved out to by a few coaches. But outside the house of that, nothing at all a lot.
CDT: For the relaxed Penn State fan who may well not have viewed your Hudl film, what kind of player are they obtaining in Derek Wingo?
Wingo: I make plays when the time comes. I’m currently being a leader, currently being vocal, generating positive everybody rallies all around me. Which is almost certainly the greatest thing. Just currently being a leader and vocal.
CDT: In the past, you see a good deal of the early commits stop up currently being the leaders. For illustration, Keaton Ellis and Sean Clifford in modern yrs. Is that some thing you want to consider on?
Wingo: Definitely. I see myself as that kind of person.