"After eight warm-up punts, I punted 20 times," Winslow said. "It wasn't my best performance, but I thought I did pretty well. It was solid."
Last season, while helping La Salle post a 12-2 record and advance to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game, Winslow averaged about 38 yards per punt. He was a second-team all-Catholic selection.
The Maple Glen resident also handles the placekicking duties for the Explorers and fills in at wide receiver. He drilled seven field goals last year, including boots of 22 and 27 yards in a semifinal playoff victory over Father Judge.
Winslow also participated in prospect camps at Northwestern, Penn State, Ohio State, and Boston College. None of the trips resulted in offers.
"I was starting to question myself a little bit," the 18-year-old said. "I was wondering if I was good enough to play at the Division I level. When Pitt offered, it was like a dream come true."
Winslow, the starting center for La Salle's basketball squad, has been training at Special Teams Solutions in East Brunswick, N.J. Charlie Titus, a former Rutgers punter, is his primary instructor.
George Winslow, who transferred to Villanova after two seasons at Wisconsin, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns (1987) and New Orleans Saints (1989).
"It's been real beneficial to have him there," Ryan Winslow said. "He's gone through the same things I've gone through or will be going through in the future. I know I can lean on him when it's needed."
In the early 1980s, Jim Hueber, Pitt's offensive line coach and a North Catholic graduate, was an assistant at Temple and recruited Winslow before he decided on Wisconsin.
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