Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star defensive end Stephon Wynn’s recruiting process is “winding down.”
“I’m just trying to figure out my top schools, which schools are best for me and getting ready to finish it out,” Wynn told The Clemson Insider at the EPT Showcase in Columbia on Sunday.
Wynn said he will make his decision either this summer before his senior season or during the season. He named Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina as the primary schools under consideration, and said Alabama and Georgia will definitely get visits this summer.
“I’m going to go visit Alabama and Georgia for sure, and maybe South Carolina,” he said. “We’ve talked about going to Ohio State, but we’re not sure when that’s going to be.”
There was strong mutual interest between Wynn and Clemson until recent months, when the Clemson legacy has moved on to other programs pursuing him harder.
“Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve talked to them,” Wynn said of Clemson. “I’m at the point now where I’m about to pick a school, and they just got a new defensive line coach (Todd Bates), so it’s real late for me to build a relationship with someone they just brought in.
“It’s hard to build a relationship with someone when your time is winding down. The relationship I had with coach (Dan) Brooks and coach (Marion) Hobby, it’s hard to get that back in a certain amount of time.”
Wynn — the son of former Clemson tight end Stephon Wynn Sr. and a native of nearby Anderson, S.C. — grew up a fan of the Tigers.
“That was the first college I went to, first game I went to,” he said. “I used to go to Clemson games so much when I was little with my parents going there, so that was my dream school, my favorite school when I was small.”
Now, he’s trying to find the best place for him.
“The number one thing is somewhere I can go to get a great education and then a school that’s going to develop me as a man off the field and develop me on the field and just make me a better overall person, better overall man, better overall football player,” he said. “That’s my goal. That’s what I’m looking for in a college.”