Of the three regular running backs for Penn State this year, only Larry Johnson will be returning for his final season next year. Eric McCoo and Omar Easy are seniors and have exhausted their eligibility. 6'1", 220-pound DeShawn Wynn is well aware of that and is reciprocating Penn State's interest.
DeShawn ran for over 2,100 yards last season and scored 30 touchdowns, despite missing the first 4 games of the season after transferring from another school. The speedy back, who runs a 4.34 40-yard dash, has already run for over 1,000 yards this year in 5 games. He has also scored around 15 touchdowns, even though he missed one game with bruised ribs.
DeShawn also plays ILB for Reading since the team lost 20 seniors last year and returned only 2 starters on defense this season. Reading is fairing well so far this season and has compiled a 4-2 record.
DeShawn, however, is being recruited solely as a tailback, and is widely considered to be one of the best in the country. He has over 40 scholarship offers.
He says that Indiana is probably the team recruiting him the hardest. He also says that he doesn't have any favorites at this time although he did confirm that his top 6 would be Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, West Virginia and Florida. These teams stick out because DeShawn likes "the way they are recruiting him". Of his top 6, he has taken unofficial visits to Alabama and West Virginia.
WR Charlie Vample, a close friend and teammate of DeShawn's, has already verbally committed to Alabama. The recent NCAA allegations against Alabama could affect Vample's decision.
"I think it's starting to," DeShawn said.
DeShawn is taking a "wait and see" attitude towards the Alabama problems. Indiana and West Virginia are also recruiting Vample according to Wynn. Vample's decision could have an impact on where DeShawn decides to go to school.
"It'll have a slight impact," DeShawn admitted. "I wouldn't say major."
Having the opportunity to play early in his college career is important to DeShawn.
"Yes, I would definitely like to play either my first or second year," he admitted. DeShawn has not spent too much time looking at team's depth charts at the running back position just yet.
Jay Paterno is recruiting DeShawn for Penn State. He has not yet been to Penn State, but he did say why he's interested in them.
"I like the running back situation," he said of Penn State. "They have 2 seniors, I think they said, and one junior this year. That's all they have at the position right now."
DeShawn says he is not affected by how a team is doing right now which is good news for Penn State fans. He grew up an Ohio State fan and says "they're pretty high up" on his list, although their running back situation may have some bearing on his decision.
"A little bit," he acknowledged. "They have a lot of depth at running back."
DeShawn will probably not make a decision until after his football season and 5 official visits.
"I just want to go somewhere that I fit in socially," he said.