Top recruit Darius Winston cleared to play for Arkansas

SECSportsHub.comSenior Analyst IJuly 14, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Casey Dick #11 of the Arkansas Razorbacks leads the huddle during the game against the Texas Longhorns on September 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 52-10.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Arkansas Razorbacks football team got some huge news from the NCAA Clearinghouse on Monday afternoon, as defensive back Darius Winston, the Razorbacks' top recruit from the 2009 recruiting class, was ruled eligible to play during the 2009 SEC Football season.

Winston was rated as a five star prospect by the Rivals recruiting service, and was listed as the third best cornerback in the nation coming out of high school this year. In addition, Winston ranked as the 24th best player in the nation for the 2009 recruiting cycle according to Rivals.

His arrival likely clears the way for him to jump in and compete for a starting spot in the Arkansas secondary right away. Winston should help to shore up a pass defense that ranked 10th in the SEC during the 2008 football season and gave up over 200 yards per game through the air.

Winston is an elite athlete, listed at 6'0, 180 lbs. He reportedly clocked in at 4.38 seconds in the 40 yard dash and should be one of the best athletes on the Razorback roster in 2009.


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