Versatile Georgia Athlete Lands IU Offer

Bloomington – One of the most talented wide receivers in Georgia has caught the IU coaching staff's attention, but at a different position...

Bloomington – One of the most talented wide receivers in Georgia has caught the IU coaching staff's attention.

As a running back.

Rashad Wynes, a 6-0, 206-pounder from Warner Robins (Ga.) High School, was offered by IU assistant coach Mike Yeager a couple of weeks ago. While Wynes is listed by most recruiting services as a wide receiver, IU running backs coach Dennis Springer thinks his future is running with the ball instead of catching it, and that's the position IU wants him to play.

"Coach Yeager said (Spring) liked my hard-nosed running style and the size of my body," Wynes said.

While Troy was the first to offer Wynes a scholarship as a wide receiver and other programs such as Alabama, UAB, Ole Miss and Louisville have been looking at his skills there as well, the truth of the matter is Wynes is capable of playing a couple of different spots. As a junior he rushed for 316 yards and six touchdowns on 52 carries and added another 11 receptions for 250 yards and three scores.

Defensively, Wynes played safety as a freshman and sophomore and said he expects to play strong safety as a senior in addition to his offensive responsibilities.

He said he expects to play on offense in college, but isn't set on playing one position over another.

"I like both positions," Wynes said. "If it comes down to it, I'll play running back."

Wherever he plays, Wynes will bring tremendous athleticism to the position. He recently competed at the Scout.com combine in Atlanta and ran a 4.47 in the 40 and posted a 10-foot broad jump, both of which were among the best marks posted at the event.

Wynes said Indiana has been in touch for some time, sending him e-mail daily and also conversing via e-mail. IU's quick offer, meanwhile, has it among Wynes' early leaders along with Troy.

While Wynes has already been to Troy on an unofficial visit, he said he hopes to make an unofficial trip to Bloomington as well this summer for a camp. In the fall, he thinks one of IU's home games would be an opportune time to take an official visit as well.

In the meantime, Yeager will continue to sell Wynes on the idea of playing in Bloomington thanks to the team's trip to a bowl game last fall as well as the renovations that are underway with Memorial Stadium.

"He tells me Indiana is an up-and-coming program and that there are a lot of good players there now," Wynes said.


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