Cal Recruiting Wynn as Hybrid

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Dylan Wynn earned the DL MVP at the recent Stanford NFTC as well is the holder of six scholarship offers. However, some envision the dynamic four-star pass rusher as a hybrid linebacker/d-end. One school recruiting him as such is in his own backyard – the California Golden Bears…

Dylan Wynn (6-2, 235) is the nation's 25th rated defensive end, according to He has offers from Cal Poly, Ohio, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, San Diego State, and Washington State.

The one offer that clearly sticks out is the Cowboys.

"It was interesting how the Oklahoma State offered," said Wynn. "They said, ‘we've seen you film and we know you're going to be a high recruit. We just want to be one first to offer because we see you doing very well."

While he has two Pac-10 offers, he has none from the Golden State Pac-10 programs. In addition, only three BCS schools have offered thus far.

"A lot of them are looking at me at the hybrid position at linebacker," said Wynn. "So the big question on everyone's mind is if I can cover people and if I can drop back.

"[My current BCS offers] know what I can do and I'm happy for that. But those schools are d-line schools where I'm going to be on the line. It's not as much [evaluation] as the hybrid schools."

One school recruiting him as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end is hometown California. "Cal is looking at me as a hybrid," said Wynn.

The Golden Bears have used a 3-4 defensive scheme the last two seasons. Zack Follett wrecked havoc from the hybrid spot in 2008, but last season, Cal didn't have the same personnel at linebacker. The Bears recruited and continue to recruit bigger linebackers capable of rushing the passer and/or players like Wynn – smaller defensive ends capable of dropping into coverage.

But Wynn has yet to show he can cover and Cal among others are waiting to further evaluate. "I completely understand I wouldn't offer someone at linebacker if I haven't seen them drop back," added Wynn.

"I have to prove that and figure how I'm going to do the drop backs because I am playing d-end in high school. I'll get it to work. I'm absolutely convinced I can do it. I know my body I know I can cover people. Once I get the opportunity, I'll think I'll be able to get those offers."

Wynn will also use summer camps as an avenue to show college coaches he can drop back and cover as linebacker. "I haven't figured exactly what camps I'm going to but most of them will be ones were I compete at linebacker."

He denies any favorites as he still getting familiar with his current offers and the schools still recruiting him. He is focused on the upcoming season and wants to help his team win a state title.

"I don't expect to commit early because once I commit, I'm stuck with it," said Wynn. "I'm not putting a bias on anything yet because I have to visit the school. It's hard to favor a school if you haven't actually visited the school and met the people."

One factor is clear…"I lived everywhere my whole life, distance is not an issue for me at all," said Wynn.

Academically, he reports a 3.0 core GPA. He took his SAT earlier this month and is currently awaiting his results.

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