Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wingfield wreaks havoc

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It didn't matter if the name was Errian or Eric, if the last name was Wingfield, they made their impact for Sunnyside High in Clovis.

While Errian went wild with the running game, Eric went wild with his low pad level and disruptive hits.

Eric Wingfield (photo) helped anchor a Wildcat defense that proved to be very rugged last season, especially in the secondary. If you saw any Sunnyside game closely on defense, you likely saw No. 20 flying around making tackles.

I'm impressed by his aggression level when playing the strong safety spot. He seems like he's unafraid of closing in, going towards the line, then lowering the boom. His reaction to short passing plays is also a plus for someone looking for a safety, I saw No. 20 sprinting then burying the ball carrier after being in my film room scouting him.

While he does tend to come too high and sometimes resort to muscling someone down, the 5-foot-10 Wingfield does get low enough to explode into the torso and legs of his opponent. His nose for the football, speed, and his aggression level all scored major points for me.

One other thing, if one of his teammates picks off a pass, and you see Eric Wingfield around, know that he'll try to knock the decals and logo off of someone's helmet, he's a head hunter. He and Central-Fresno's Hatari Bryd are two of the hardest hitting safeties in the Central Valley.


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