Winfree Thrilled with McCardell, Terps Visit

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So far so good for new Terps assistant Keenan McCardell. The Maryland receivers' coach made one of his first recruiting stops at Dwight Morrow (Englewood, N.J.) Jan. 17 in order to meet with current UMD commit Juwann Winfree. While Winfree had a solid rapport with former Maryland receivers' coach Lee Hull, he was thrilled after speaking to McCardell.

So far so good for new Terps assistant Keenan McCardell. The Maryland receivers' coach made one of his first recruiting stops at Dwight Morrow (Englewood, N.J.) Jan. 17 in order to meet with current UMD commit Juwann Winfree. While Winfree had a solid rapport with former Maryland receivers' coach Lee Hull, he was thrilled after speaking to McCardell.

"Oh man, he was great," said the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Winfree, a four-star recruit. "I had seen Keenan McCardell play when I was younger, and I remember him with the Jaguars, so I already had a lot of respect for him. He's a 17-year pro, and it will be great to learn from him."

Winfree described McCardell as a personable, down-to-earth individual who is easy to talk to. He said he brings a wealth of knowledge, while his past NFL experience is a major selling point.

"He's real cool, and he gets down to the truth," Winfree said. "He's definitely going to do well as a recruiter. I can tell he cares about kids, and he's not that old himself and he has a daughter my age, so he knows what's up. He knows how it was in college, so he can relate to us pretty well."

The Jersey wideout said even though McCardell has only been a coach for a couple years with the Redskins, he believes the former Pro Bowler will be a great teacher as well.

"My goal is to get to the NFL, and I believe he can help me get there. He brings a lot to the table as a coach," Winfree said. "I'm excited about it. He was telling me he was happy he got the job and he can't wait to work with me and the other receivers. He said he watched my film and is real excited about me and my potential."

McCardell wasn't the only Maryland staffer to drop in on Winfree, however. Head coach Randy Edall and Winfree's recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, also stopped by Dwight Morrow.

"Coach Edsall was mainly talking to my parents, but he can't wait to get me down there," Winfree said. "He was basically saying how it's going to be down at Maryland and what to expect. I believe June 22 is when it starts, so I'm looking forward to that.

"And Coach Dudzinski, I speak to him a lot so there wasn't too much new to say. But he's a funny guy, and he's cool. He was talking about the game plan and all of that."

Winfree said the trio's visit meant a lot to him. He mentioned that he's becoming more and more comfortable with the staff and can't wait to get down to College Park.

"Now that the season's over I'm looking forward to staying in touch with them more," Winfree said. "I'm going to be communicating with them, texting them, all that. It's going to be good."

The Dwight Morrow product hasn't been to Maryland since his official visit during the Terps-West Virginia game, but he plans to attend UMD's spring game in April. He also mentioned that he's stayed in touch with fellow 2014 Maryland commit William Ulmer (St. John's/Washington, D.C.).

"He's my quarterback, so I definitely want to be talking to him," Winfree said, laughing. "And I tried to get a couple other [uncommitted] guys down to Maryland with me. I was talking to Jalen Tabor down in Florida, and I thought we [Maryland] had him. He went to Florida though."

Winfree is coming off a senior season where he racked up over 1,000 all-purpose yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He had 733 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, while he rushed for 161 yards and three more scores. Winfree also returned a punt for a touchdown and had 55 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

"This year my strength was just speed, but I really got better with my route running and catching," Winfree said. "I got faster and stronger too, but next year I want to definitely be even stronger because I know in the Big Ten there's a lot of physical, big defenders. And technique wise, I've got to continue getting better there too so I can be ready for the next level."

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