UGA recruiting: Which coach has a good ‘in’ with 4-star DL Stephon Wynn?

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Four-star DL Stephon Wynn said he has a good relationship with Georgia D-line coach Tray Scott.

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Ask Stephon Wynn Jr. about Georgia. He has quite a bit to say.

“I really like Georgia,” he said. “They are one of my top schools. I don’t really have a top top school right now, but they are definitely in the mix.”

He says the Bulldogs are among his “up there” schools. That seems to be a comfortable way to convey strong interest in a school without all the pressure that it places on them and the schools which recruit them when they name a “leader” or release a “top 5” or “top 10” these days.

Four-star South Carolina DL Stephon Wynn was at the UGA-Auburn game as an unofficial visitor last fall. (Jeff Sentell/SEC Country)

But then ask him specifically what he likes the best about the Bulldogs. Wynn will bring up first-year defensive line coach Tray Scott. That really gets his motor in gear.

“Coach Scott has been recruiting me since I was in the ninth grade when he was at North Carolina,” Wynn said. “He’s been at my school and has been coming to watch me practice and I’ve been able to call him and talk to him on the phone for quite awhile. We’ve built a real close relationship since I was in the ninth grade and in the early part of my recruitment.”

That’s when he was back at T.L. Hanna High in South Carolina. Scott knew what was to come with Wynn. He’s a Clemson legacy.

“I wasn’t getting looks from a whole bunch of schools then,” Wynn said. “So he was one of the first ones to really start recruiting me. So that bond just grew from there.”

How Tray Scott maintained that interest from UNC to UGA

Scott eventually saw Wynn rise up those rankings. According to the 247Sports composite, Wynn rates as the nation’s No. 4 strongside defensive end for 2018.

That also places him as the nation’s No. 99 overall prospect. That development also has mirrored a progression with Scott’s career path. He went from UNC to Ole Miss for a brief time and then took the job at UGA.

South Carolina native Stephon Wynn is now at IMG Academy. The nation’s No. 99 overall prospect used the word “amazing” two times to describe his visit for the Auburn game last season. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Wynn said it allowed Scott to stay in the game of sorts with his decision. Georgia was going to command his attention as one of the top schools on his offer list. He visited UGA for summer camp last July and then made an unofficial visit for the Auburn game in November.

Georgia was probably one of his “up theres” when Tracy Rocker was coaching the defensive line. Scott’s assumption of that job only increased the school’s value.

“I wasn’t really interested in really going to North Carolina but I was giving that school a lot of interest because of Coach Scott,” Wynn said. “I really liked talking with him and I really liked the way he had been recruiting me from the start. So I was really considering North Carolina because of Coach Scott. He kept everything honest. Now I also really liked [Georgia coach] Kirby Smart.

“So when Coach Scott goes to the Georgia staff, that was big for me. I already liked the Georgia staff the way it was. But now take that close bond I have with Coach Scott from when I first started the whole recruiting process and now add that to what I already felt about Georgia. That just gave them another big boost for me.”

Wynn has developed physically at the IMG training table. He told DawgNation that he now stands 6-foot-4.5 and weighs about 285 to 290 pounds.

Short list of summer visits for Stephon Wynn

Wynn said that Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina are the three schools currently recruiting him the hardest.

“My family and I are going to take a couple of visits to a couple of schools over the summer when I go back home,” Wynn said. “We are going to start seeing which ones are going to be the final ones when I am getting ready to make a decision.”

South Carolina native Stephon Wynn is considered one of the top defensive ends in the nation. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“I am going to take my whole family to Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Ohio State this summer,” Wynn told DawgNation. “We are going to take these visits and really sit down with the coaches. Talk to them. Talk to some players. We are just going to really get a whole feel for the campus and everything that comes along with it. That’s when you start seeing some leaders come out.”

Wynn said it was possible that other schools could come in, but there was a strong chance that his final school would be one of those four.

“I know that I am visiting Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia for sure,” Wynn said. “Those three are for sure this summer and there may be some more visits here and there.”

The Clemson question with Stephon Wynn Jr. 

As stated before, Wynn is a Clemson legacy. His father played tight end there.

“I figured you were going to say that,” Wynn said. “A lot of people try to put Clemson in there or say that is where I’m going or say that I am an automatic Clemson lock because my parents went there. My dad played there. My mom and my dad graduated from there. They met each other there. That wasn’t necessarily true from the beginning.”

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