Landing Lynn

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Jenks (Okla.) High star cornerback Gabe Lynn, who has Arkansas on his recruiting radar. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner for details.

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Now that the University of Arkansas has Darius Winston back in the fold, he and the Razorbacks have turned their full attention to fellow five-star defensive back Gabe Lynn.

Lynn (6-1, 185, 4.4) is feeling the love from Winston, another Tulsa standout and UA commit in David Gordon and the UA staff.

"I had a good feeling that Darius was going to go back and re-commit to Arkansas," Lynn said. "He has been texting me a lot, trying to get me to come down there and be a Razorback. David Gordon has been talking to me as well and Arkansas has made it quite clear how much they want me. That's a good feeling."

Lynn took an official visit this past weekend to Nebraska, one of the six schools that remain in the hunt for a young man that – like Winston – has over 30 offers.

"I have got it down to five or six right now," Lynn said. "There's Arkansas, OU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and maybe Texas."

Lynn is close with UA assistant coach Garrick McGee, a former Tulsa schoolboy legend himself.

"Coach McGee wants to get me down to Arkansas for either the Florida game or the Ole Miss game," Lynn said. "That's the plan."

Lynn is ranked as the second-best cornerback and the 28th best prospect overall nationally by Scout, who has Winston as the fourth-best cornerback and 34th overall.

Jenks head coach Alan Trimble says that Lynn deserves all the accolades.

"He's just a great kid, a great player and a great leader for our football team," Trimble said. "He comes from a great family and you can see that in his character.

"He is obviously one of the best cornerbacks you could ever hope to have," Trimble added. "He has great coverage ability, will come up and hit and has great natural instincts."

Trimble also talks about how humble Lynn is for such a highly recruited player.

"He really takes it all in stride and is such a humble young man and you don't always see that in a kid who is as highly ranked as he is and who gets the amount of attention he does," Trimble said. "But he just goes about his business and is just one of the guys. He is a great teammate."

Jenks is 1-1 this season after falling 20-17 at arch-rival Union in overtime last Friday night.

There appeared to be a Union fumble in overtime that would have given Jenks a chance to win it.

Lynn and his teammates started celebrating only to have the ballcarrier ruled down.

"It was real frustrating," Lynn said. "If they had given it to us, the game would have been over and we would have ended up winning."

It was a match-up of two teams that have won the last 12 Class 6A state titles and could possibly be again this season with it all on the line.

"We will just have to be ready to play them again and work a little harder," Lynn said.

Lynn only had a couple of passes thrown his way during the game.

"I do get bored, but I learned last year that as soon as you do get bored, they will hit a big one on you," Lynn said. "You have to stay hungry and play full speed every play."

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