Wynn Discusses Ohio State Offer

Cleveland Glenville athlete Shane Wynn is the first member of the star-studded Tarblooder junior class to receive an offer from Ohio State. Wynn is an explosive kick returner who projects as a slot receiver at the next level. Bill Greene caught up with Wynn at a recent Glenville scrimmage and got his thoughts on the recent offer.

In a somewhat surprising development, Cleveland Glenville athlete Shane Wynn has become the first Tarblooder junior to be offered a scholarship by Ohio State.

The Tarblooder program has been very good to the Buckeyes during the tenure of legendary head coach Ted Ginn Sr., and the offer to Wynn could be the first of several headed to Glenville juniors.

"Things are going great for me this season, both on and off the football field," Wynn told BuckeyeSports.com. "The main thing I'm concentrating on is to cut down on the mistakes out on the field. I had a few mistakes in the first game against St. Ignatius and those things have to stop. Off the field, I'm doing well in the classroom and my recruiting is really picking up."

Wynn is a focused individual who is dedicated to being the best player he can be.

"I need to be able to block better, even at my size," Wynn said. "I need to get better at catching the football with my hands every single time, and not letting the football get into my body. I'm working very hard on route-running, mostly trying to run my routes crisper and not rounding off my cuts. I know I'm not the biggest guy out there, but that's no excuse for me not being a complete football player."

Even though his size isn't ideal, Wynn more than makes up for it with his blazing speed, and the rare ability to be at top speed after his first few steps. He is a tough cover for a linebacker or a safety when he is coming out of the slot position at receiver.

"Look, I'm 5-foot-7 and I weight 160 pounds, so I know what I need to do to be successful out on the field," he said. "I've run as fast as a 4.37 forty time at Ohio State's camp, so I've got to use my speed and quickness to make myself a threat out on the field, either as a receiver or as a kick returner. That's what I will have to do at the next level as well."

Wynn is attracting a lot of recruiting attention at this time as college recruiters are impressed with his football ability, and the fact that he is just as strong academically.

"I have offers from Ohio State and Tennessee right now," Wynn said. "I've been talking a lot to Miami of Florida, North Carolina and a few other schools right now. I'm kind of surprised to be getting this much attention this early in my junior year but I think it's great."

"All of the schools have been impressed by my grade point average and the fact that I've always been a good student," he continued. "My parents have always stressed the importance of doing well in school, and that was also one of the points emphasized by all the coaches at Glenville. I have a 3.6 GPA right now."

Even though it's still early, Wynn already knows what he will be looking for in choosing where to play football in college.

"I want to find a school that I'm most comfortable with, and a place that I fit in," he said. "I want to study sports management because I want to be in the sports field the rest of my life in some role. When the right school comes along I'm sure I'll just know it in my heart."

Even though an early offer from Ohio State wasn't totally unexpected, Wynn was excited to receive it.

"Coach [Taver] Johnson told me to look for it in the mail when we were down at Ohio State last month for the USC game," Wynn said of his offer. "He asked me if I was ready for him to send me something in the mail, and I wasn't real sure what he was talking about. When I opened it up and saw it was a scholarship offer, it felt really good. The Ohio State offer is a huge offer in my mind. I'm checking out our schedule right now to see when I can get back down there to see them play again. I'm not in any hurry to make a decision and the Ohio State coaches told me to take my time about it."


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