Intro 2011: D-End Dylan Wynn

The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive lineman, Dylan Wynn, is coming off an all-state sophomore season, and he's starting to get a good deal of interest, including a visit down to UCLA...

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end Dylan Wynn heads into his junior season as one of the elite underclass prospects on the West Coast.

Wynn was an all-state Super Sophomore team selection in 2008, helping the Spartans to their 18th straight section title and a runner-up berth in the state championship game, where he was one of the standouts.

He's caught the attention of several programs in the process and is bracing for his own recruitment.

Things started for him in April, when he attended UCLA's Spring Game.

"The Spring Game at UCLA was my first real experience as a recruit and that was fun," said Wynn. "We went out to watch them, we were able to enter the locker room, listen to the pregame thing. There was quite a few people out there. We watched how they warmed up and got to know some people. It was a good experience to see the whole thing like that."

That helped prep Wynn for a summer that saw him camp at four different schools around the country.

"I went to Nebraska, California, Penn State and then Notre Dame for camps this summer," said Wynn. "They were all awesome experiences. The majority were for three days but Cal was just one day. Most schools had me as an outside hybrid and they all thought I did good."

At Cal, a familiar face greeted him.

"(Defensive line coach) Tosh Lupoi, he's an alum of De La Salle, so we knew him already," said Wynn. "I had gone to the Cal Berkeley camp the day before I left for Penn State but he said they'd fit me in. Cal has a great education and I would know people there. And I have the connection with Coach Lupoi."

Nebraska was the lone camp where they were in shells.

"Nebraska, we were in helmets and shoulder pads," said Wynn. "Since I'm a junior, it took them by surprise because I don't think I lost a single 1-on-1. Nebraska was the most competitive camp I went to."

Penn State was padless, but a strong workout.

"Penn State was no pads, but we spent time going over a lot of technique, what I need to work on. I think I just need to continue to work on my hand speed, and did that at a lot of the camps."

Notre Dame, Wynn played defensive end, and to him, it was more of a "get comfortable" camp.

"Nebraska and Penn State, their coaches are amazing and the facilities are awesome. The guys I hung out with are very down to earth and very fun," said Wynn.

With two years left in high school, Wynn is just getting started in the whole recruiting process, not trying to rush into any decision.

"At this point, I'm not narrowing things done," said Wynn. "Next summer, I'll go to a whole other groups of camps. I'm interested in any school interested in me. I've lived a lot of places so I've got no problem living across the state or across the country."

Since any high school football fan knows of the De La Salle program, Wynn said there was often a target on him, even a playful one, at the camps.

"I get the nickname Cali or De La, when kids find out or coaches know where I'm from," said Wynn. "How I see it, I'm going to work as hard as I can to make my school look good. I'm not going to try and ride the reputation, I want to make the reputation."

Wynn was just hoping to get on the field as a sophomore, never envisioning having the type of season he did.

"It was always my dream to be pulled up, either as a guard or linebacker," said Wynn. "When I went up to varsity, I was neither a guard or linebacker, so my mentality was go full-go, like how my parents instilled that in me. So I translated on the field, I'll keep running, my coaches will see my motor and then it got me my starting position. I was fairly successful at that and I think that's the reason I started."

And Wynn turned that into a decorated sophomore year, where in addition to being named to the SuperSoph Team, he was First Team All-EBAL, First Team All-East Bay by the Contra Costa Times, First team All-Region by the San Francisco Chronicle, MVP Co-Outstanding Sophomore by the San Francisco Chronicle, First Team All-State, First Team All-Underclassmen and First Team All-NorCal.

This year, he's ready for another tough slate, with the EBAL including Monte Vista and UCLA commit Brett Nottingham at quarterback and Foothill including Oregon State commit Sean Mannion behind center.

Last year, they faced Loyola, stabilizing all-everything Anthony Barr in the final quarter to escape with a win before falling to Corona Centennial in the state title game. The only other school to hand them a loss in 2008 was Don Bosco of New Jersey.

"We play Don Bosco the second week and then Lakeland (Fla.) the next week plus we open with Serra HS (of San Mateo), so we have another tough slate.

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