THE LATEST: Over 20 schools have offered 2018 offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum. Alabama, Georgia State and Minnesota have all added their name to his offer impressive list the last few weeks and it is full of power programs across the country.
The 6-foot-5, 280 pound junior out of Tucker (Ga.) had visited Tuscaloosa (Ala.) before and he had heard from the coaches there, but the offer from the Crimson Tide did catch him off guard.
"It really did surprise me when Alabama offered me," said Wonnum. "It is a pretty big offer. Alabama is a top school that has won championships, and that is great, but I really like the academic support they offer. They take care of their players, they put them in position to be successful after football and I like that a lot."
Other than Alabama, the only other school the four star has visited in 2017 is Georgia. The in-state school has hosted him many times in the past, but the visit last weekend made a strong impression on him.
"I had a really good visit to Georgia. I like the coaches there a lot and I have been there a lot, but this was my best visit there. The environment was great, the coaches are great people and it is a place I could see myself playing at."
There are no top schools for the No. 38-ranked prospect in the country, but he is working to form a list of favorites. Wonnum plans to cut his list down to at least 10 schools, possibly as low as five later this spring or early into the summer.
He does not plan to commit until late in 2017 or early in 2018.
IN HIS WORDS: "When I cut my list down, I know that Georgia and Ohio State will definitely be on it. With Ohio State, it is about coach Urban Meyer and coach [Ryan] Day (area recruiter) for me. They are recruiting me hard and I have good relationships with both. Georgia is an in-state school that is close to home and I really like the coaches there a lot."
RIVALS REACTION: Wonnum is nowhere near a decision. He is very laid back and he is not one on the phone with college coaches a lot. He is just taking his time. He watched his brother Dennis Wonnum go through the recruiting process a few years ago and the most important thing to the younger Wonnum is to be completely sure of his decision when he commits. He mentions Ohio State, and the Buckeyes are very much under consideration, but there are three SEC schools I am hearing behind the scenes a lot with his name, they are Alabama, Florida and Georgia.