Commitment Spotlight: Jonathan Wynn
"Vanderbilt is a prestigious school that offers a great education," said Jonathan Wynn. "It's an SEC program on the rebound, and I want to be a part of that process.
"Coach Franklin has changed things at Vanderbilt for the better. I started considering them after the offer came, but it was on my visit in late February that got me thinking the most about committing."
The Commodore staff scored big last year with Darreon Herring, also from Stephenson, who selected Vanderbilt instead of a multitude of other big name offers. Although Wynn is excited about playing with Herring in the future, he said it was the school itself that sold him.
"When I was on the visit with Ali [Groves]," Wynn said, "the people were all very nice to us. Nashville is a great city. My Mom was born there, and I still have family living there.
"When I was there I got a chance to meet the coaches and tour the facilities. We saw the locker room, the player's dorms, and walked out on the basketball court.
"I started thinking then this is where I wanted to be. My parents are as excited as I am. They're happy to see me have the chance to be a part of something great."
Although playing on a star-studded senior-dominated roster, Wynn earned the role of starting defensive end. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive lineman also got some time in at tight end.
"I started every game and put up some good stats," said Wynn on his junior season. "My strength at the [defensive end] position is getting that first initial step off the ball. I'm dedicated to perfecting my craft. Also, I play with a high motor.
"Next year I would like to become more of a leader on the team. Last year, since we had so many seniors I followed and learned. I think that my teammates respect me and what I've done as a player and will do my best to set an example as a senior."
Wynn said his other three offers were from South Carolina, Wake Forest, and Clemson. He was hearing from other schools expressing interest, but says he's glad the decision has been made on his future. So is the Vanderbilt coaching staff.
"They were all happy for me that I was going there," said Wynn on the Vanderbilt coaches reaction to his commitment. "They said having me on board will help them open up some new opportunities in the [Atlanta] area.
"It's one of the top academic schools in the country with an up-and=coming football program. I'm very pleased with my decision."
Wynn's next campus visit is for the annual Commodore spring game. He has spent the spring going on campus visits, attending camps, and hitting the books. This March he was at a sports combine in Atlanta. Wynn reports a 3.4 GPA in the classroom.
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