Stephon Wynn Jr. would have committed to Georgia on Saturday if not for a visit he took to Tuscaloosa, Ala., last month.
Wynn, a 4-star defensive end from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), told SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan in Anderson, S.C., on Saturday that the reason why he chose the Crimson Tide over the Bulldogs boiled down to a trip made on June 10.
“Georgia was [No.] 2,” Wynn said. “It was really close between Georgia and Alabama. If I didn’t go visit Alabama, I would be committed to Georgia right now. I think that visit I took to Alabama was the difference-maker.”
The nation’s No. 5 strongside defensive end said Alabama is recruiting him as a 3-technique, which is a defensive lineman who typically lines up on the outside shoulder of a guard.
Wynn said he believes he has a chance to make an immediate impact in Tuscaloosa.
“The opportunity to play early as a freshman because they have lost a lot of linemen to the draft,” Wynn said of his pick. “They also have a lot of seniors on the roster. As long as I work hard when I enroll in January, I’ll have a good chance to play as a freshman.”
The Under Armour All-American said he knew Alabama would be the school he picked once he left campus on June 10. Wynn said he talked with his parents right after the trip and told them his decision. During that stretch after the visit, sources did say that he went back and forth on his decision.
In the end, the chance to make an impact at Alabama, win championships and move on to the NFL is what sold Wynn.
“Alabama is one of the best places in the country,” Wynn said. “It’s just so different there. As soon as we got into Tuscaloosa and pulled up on campus, it was just a different feel over anywhere else in the country. Coach [Karl] Dunbar is a great defensive line coach. He coached over 10 years in the league, so I’m going to get NFL-type of coaching.”
The best news for the Tide is that Wynn is planning on shutting down his recruitment.
“Right now at this point, I’m done,” Wynn said. “At IMG, I really don’t have time to take any other visits. As of right now, I’m done.”