ORLANDO, Fla. — Stephon Wynn moved from his native South Carolina to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season.
The nation’s No. 5 strong-side DE for the Class of 2018 has several schools on his mind. He’s strongly interested in Clemson and South Carolina from his home state, but Georgia has also drawn considerable interest.
That was both before and after new UGA defensive line coach Tray Scott came along.
“We had a good relationship when he was coaching at North Carolina,” Wynn told SEC Country’s Ben Wolk. “So I think him moving to Georgia was (good.) I liked Georgia more than North Carolina. So him moving to Georgia made Georgia a much bigger contender.”
His first visit to Sanford Stadium was for the Auburn game last year.
“That visit was amazing,” Wynn said. “The atmosphere was amazing. From that visit, it only got better from there.”
Wynn stated he does not have any leaders. But he has a group in the “up there” category.
“Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama and Tennessee,” he told Wolk. “Those are some of the schools getting my top consideration.”
Wynn said there was one school above all others he wants an offer from. That’s Florida State. He stated the Seminoles could immediately crash that top group if they were to offer him a scholarship.
“I’m still getting offers, but time is winding down,” Wynn said. “I feel like I’m going to make a decision before the summer is over with, but I still want to take my official visits. If I can’t take my official visits after I make my decision, then I take my official visits and then make my decision.”
He stated no leaders, but he there’s the perception out there that he will end up at Clemson. He’s a legacy with that program. His father Stephon Wynn Sr. played tight end for the Tigers. His old school, T.L. Hanna in Anderson, is also just a short drive from that campus.
His old school, T.L. Hanna in Anderson, is also just a short drive from that campus.
That hasn’t deterred the Gamecocks from their own rousing pursuit.
Coach Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson are involved in his recruiting. South Carolina linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler was his area recruiter before he left for IMG.
“I love South Carolina, I love coach Muschamp and I love coach Thompson. I believe they’re going to turn it around,” Wynn said. “I’m just waiting to see — I mean, I know they’re making progress. They’re going to be back on top soon.”
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