Fresno State's 2017 recruiting class announced today features one of the best high school athletes in the West.
Scout.com recently released it’s final Top 150 rankings for the West region and Lyndwood (Calif.) High School cornerback Wylan Free landed right at No. 150. Fresno State was one of only two Mountain West schools to secure a one of the best 150 recruits in the region at the time it was released. (Boise State has three).
Overall, Free ranks as Scout.com’s No. 95 cornerback in the nation, No. 22 in the West region and No. 19 in California.
Free exploded onto the recruiting scene last offseason when he earned the defensive backs MVP honor at USC’s summer camp - he also posted the fastest 40 time for his position. Free was offered and committed to USC, but eventually reopened his recruitment.
His one and only visit to Fresno State led to his commitment to the program. He was also considering offers from BYU and Boise State among several others prior to his decision.
Said Free, “The reason I committed was because I already knew Coach J.D. (Williams) when he was at UNLV. He was there when I was at the USC camp and I got my offer from USC. He was there and he trained me a little bit. Then when I went out there for my visit this past weekend, I loved it honestly. I met a lot of the players and they welcomed me after the commitment. Coach Tedford, just being a great coach at Cal - Trying to get a program where it needs to be. The people, the fan base and support base is awesome. It just felt right for me.”
According to what recruits are saying, Fresno State has expressed an immediate need for defensive backs. The rangy 6-foot-2 corner plans on competing for possible playing time as a true freshman.
“One of my strengths, I’m already coming in at 6-foot-2, so I’m a lengthy corner,” Free said. “I like to play in man more than zone. I think that’s another advantage. I’m more of a press-up corner. I like to get up in a receiver’s face and jam him. There’s different things I can put into place.
“The new coaching staff, they don’t really know any of the players personally yet. There won’t be anything like, ‘He’s been here for three years so we’re going to start him.’ Everybody knows they have to come out and work for their spot again, so I think I’m coming at just the right time.”
Of Free, Fresno State Head Coach Jeff Tedford said, “He’s a long corner, a 6-foot-1 corner, who was highly recruited out of Lynwood High School. He’s a track guys as well, but when you watch him play… you get guys that are 6-foot-1 at corner, it gives you a lot of ability to cover some of the mismatched guys that people try to match you up with.”