Dylan Wynn had his T-shirt ripped in the first few hours of Sunday's Palo Alto NIKE Camp, no surprise really since the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle defensive end was one of the most aggressive players at the event.
"This came from a d-line drill where we worked on getting off the stretch block and my partner was a little rip-happy," Wynn said. "It's fine. Stuff is going to happen."
Wynn is an interesting prospect because at 6 feet 3 and 234 pounds he has the prototypical middle linebacker's body but worked out at defensive end and will play on the line during his senior season.
Some schools like him at linebacker, others at defensive end, but Wynn is focused on winning a state championship so he's going to focus on d-end for now. In college, he said, he'll play wherever the coach wants him but for now he wants to do what's best for De La Salle - and that's being the best defensive end he can be.
"I'm not shaped like a d-lineman," Wynn said. "I'm not shaped like a collegiate athlete on the d-line. I'm not that skinny, fast guy that can come off the end but what they don't see in the stats they see when I actually play because I work so hard that I will beat every one on of those 6-7, 300-pound tackles and I'll beat them off the ball and I'll throw them back.
"It's not like I want to be a d-end. I'll play wherever the coach puts me. If I'm on the field I'm happy. If you put me as the long snapper I'll be the meanest long snapper you've ever seen. If you put me at place-kick holder I'll deck people. I don't care.
"At my school right now we need defensive linemen most and when I went up to varsity my first year they saw me fitting in with the d-line the best and because of that I'm there to help my team get a state championship."
Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Washington State, San Diego State, Ohio and Cal Poly have offered Wynn, who said he's also getting a lot of interest from Oregon, Cal and Stanford.
A decision is not expected soon. Wynn, who wants to play in college with De La Salle teammate Blake Renaud, said he's going to take his time, consider all his options and not make a rushed commitment. Playing linebacker or defensive end in college doesn't seem to be incredibly important - he just wants to be on the field.
"Some schools are looking at me for that d-end spot and some schools are looking at me for that hybrid linebacker spot," Wynn said. "I make it very clear when I'm talking to a school what they're expecting from me so I understand.
"I know it's the cliché answer, everyone gives it, but right now I'm focusing on high school, I'm finishing everything as hard as I can and helping my team get to the states. If offers come in that's wonderful, I'm so happy, but as I said earlier I'm not going to commit early. I'm going to put a lot of thought into it so when it does come time for me to make my decisions I'm going to bring my family in, my coaches in and hopefully make the best decision for me and my future."