Dylan Wyatt had a very fulfilling and eventful visit to the state of Oregon last weekend. The defensive back out of Berkeley’s St. Mary’s College High School took the short flight from the Bay Area to Portland to play for Damian Lillard’s 7on7 football team in the Passing Down NW Regional event.
“I played in the Passing Down 7on7 tournament up in Portland for Team Lillard this weekend. We went pretty deep into the tournament and eventually lost to KT Elite who went on to win it. It was cool to play for Houston (Lillard, Damian’s older brother) as I’ve known him for a long time,” Wyatt told BeaverBlitz.
Normally Wyatt suits up for TMP Elite’s 7on7 squad but with TMP not participating in this Passing Down event and a preexisting relationship with Houston allowed him to play for Team Lillard. It was a successful weekend for the Lillard squad and Wyatt was big reason why as he shut down receivers all-day and picked off a couple passes.
While in the northwest, Wynn took advantage of the opportunity to check out one of the programs that has been recruiting him, Oregon State. The Beavers’ staff have targeted several TMP athletes early on this cycle and secured their first commit, DeShon Wilson, from their ranks. Several other TMP athletes accompanied Wyatt to the Beavers’ spring game on Saturday.
“I came up with Trajon (Cotton) and Spencer Webb and some of the other TMP guys to see the spring game. It was a great environment at Oregon State and I could definitely see myself playing there.”
The Bay Area is primarily Coach Dave Baldwin’s recruiting territory and the two have had several conversations. But lately he’s been hearing more from Coach Hall and the two were able to connect after the spring game.
“I got to speak for a while with Coach Hall after the spring game, me and him have really been able to create a good connection and Coach Baldwin too. I really enjoy talking with him.”
Dylan, who measures in at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, went on to explain what the Beavers’ coaching staff likes about him and how they envision him fitting into their defense.
“They’re recruiting me as a cornerback and really like that I am lengthy with long arms," he said. "They say that my play is similar to Xavier Crawford and then Trajon too with his length and height. They also said that I might be able to play safety or somewhere in their nickel package.”
Despite not currently having an offer, one could be coming his way in the near future. Coach Baldwin is planning on stopping by for one of St. Mary’s spring practices to see Wyatt practice. If they like how Dylan plays, he believes that he could pick up that elusive first Power-5 conference offer.