However, much like the nation found out about Rutgers Football in '06, the Mid-Atlantic found out about Desmond Wynn after the senior had himself an outstanding season to complete his high school career. After being named All-Conference as a Junior, Wynn repeated the feat this past fall, in addition to being named All-State First Team as a defensive tackle in the state of Delaware by both the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches and Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association.
SOR caught up with the Scarlet Knight pledge to discuss both his senior season and his thoughts on RU's performance this past year. "This season my team went 9-3. We went 2 and 1 before we went on a 6 game winning streak, entering us a spot in the playoffs. We easily had the state's best quarterback [All-State First Team QB Scott Wallace] and the number 3 ranked defense. In the first round we beat William Penn but, in the second round we lost to the State Champions Salesianum. Sallies has 1 of the nation's top ranked tight ends, Andrew Szczerba [All-State First Team DE, alongside Wynn] who is headed to Penn State next year. We finished at number 4 in the state," stated Wynn (seen flying toward an opposing QB in the image above).
Wynn's season didn't start on the best of footing as he hurt his knee during the second day of contact. After being out for 6 weeks and missing the initial 3 games of the season, Wynn was able to come back strong and help lead his team to a 6-game winning streak.
His successful HS Senior season aside, has Wynn been able to keep an eye on his future collegiate team?
Fans should already know the answer to that.
"The guys played great this season and they made me proud. To many, it was a shock but I knew that it was gonna happen because of the coaching staff and the players. I don't expect it not to happen again because of the players, the coaches, and their work ethnic," said Wynn.
"The game against Louisville, what can I say. It was easily one of the top 10 games played this season. I was standing up the whole game cheering them on from home. WVU was a great game and I'm mad that they lost but, everything happens for a reason. The bowl game shows us that RU was one of the elite teams in college football this season," continued Wynn.
Additionally, Wynn has been keeping a close eye on his future teammates, including future Scarlet Knight Anthony Davis.
"I follow up every day, I'm always checking to see who my future teammates will be. It's kind of addicting because I feel funny if I don't check one night. I did watch the Army game and i payed real close attention to AD. When it came down to his decision, I saw him pick up the Ohio St. hat but then he put it down and picked up a RU hat, I felt that he is going to help us reach our goal of winning the national championship."
"I think we have one of the best recruiting classes in the country. We are bringing in the best of the best and that can't do anything but help this program win."
More than just talent, Rutgers continues to bring in quality people, athletes that will not only get along with one another on the field, but that will thrive together off of it.
Wynn has already taken his official visit to Rutgers, having completed it the weekend of December 8th/9th. Who hosted Wynn on his visit and how did he enjoy himself?
"I had George Johnson as my guide. George had tons of energy and kept me laughing the whole time. We all hung out as a group. We had fun and I can't wait to join the team."
"NYC was fun, taking the train made the trip better. We played games on the way into the city. We had coach buses waiting for us to take us to the espn zone where watched the Heisman presentation on a big screen TV and then we went and played games for the rest of the night."
Wynn was left impressed by the RU practice he witnessed first hand during his visit and states that he is eager to get his career at RU underway. Considering the flat out domination that Wynn dished out to those opposing him this past summer at the RU camp, where player after player found himself unable to keep the DE at bay and most found themselves lying flat on their back, its Scarlet Knight fans that should be just as eager to see Wynn suiting up next fall.
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