One of the top quarterback prospects to watch in the 2021 recruiting class is already battle tested having help lead his team deep into the playoffs as a sophomore. Mi’chale Wingfield is a player to watch in the 2021 class out of Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods High School.
A year ago, I walked away feeling Cincinnati Wyoming sophomore quarterback Evan Prater was one of the top young prospects in Southwest Ohio.
Having seen Mi’chale Wingfield in action this past season, I feel he’s a prospect to watch going forward as he has proven his ability to be a leader at a young age.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 188-pounds, Wingfield shows above average athletic ability and should only get better as he physically matures.
Arm strength is solid and will continue to get better as he gets stronger. Not afraid to tuck the ball and run for positive yardage, Wingfield showed toughness in the games we watched him play in this past season.
This summer will prove to be big for Wingfield as he hits summer camps. Will he add an offer or two? It’s possible he could, but come fall, look for interest to rise as Winton Woods again should be one of the top teams in Ohio with several Division I prospects.
Here is a look at several different areas when evaluating Mi’chale Wingfield.
LEADERSHIP: With several upperclassmen to lean on early in the season, Wingfield showed growth during the season and really stepped forward late in the season and in the playoffs. We expect to see him take the next step in this area in the fall.
FIELD VISION: Does a above average job looking over the field. As a passer, will need to work on progression as like most young quarterbacks, he reads one side of the field looking for his main target. Is asked to play out of spread formations as well as going under center.
RUNNING ABILITY: Excels in the run game with ability to run read-option or take direct snap and go. Shows quickness and is very smooth with the ball in his hands. Shows toughness with the willingness to take a hit but smart enough to get down or out of bounds when needed.
ARM STRENGTH: For a young player Wingfield shows the ability to make all the throws you want to see from a quarterback. He should only get better in this area as he matures but looks to be on pace to have no issues in this area.
RELEASE: Shows a solid and quick release from shotgun or dropping back from under center. Unlike most high school quarterbacks, Wingfield has shown the ability to get under center and not be one dimensional sitting back in the gun.
TOUCH: At times we would like to have seen more zip on the ball but overall does well in this area for such a young player.
SHORT THROWS: Not afraid to throw over the middle of the field in short yardage and does a solid job of moving the pocket to extend a play until he finds an open target.
LONG THROWS: Does a solid job of placing the ball in front of the receiver or at a spot for the receiver to high point the ball over a defender.
MOVEMENT: Can avoid the rush extend the pocket and make a play. We expect to see continued growth in this area as he matures as a signal caller. Athletic ability helps him be more than a one-dimensional player.
The following clips are from the playoffs against Anderson in 2018.