June 10 turned out to be a very important day for Alabama’s future.
That’s the day Stephon Wynn Jr., a 4-star defensive end from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), visited Tuscaloosa. It turns out that trip sealed the deal for Alabama as the Crimson Tide have landed the nation’s No. 5 strong-side defensive end. Wynn chose Alabama over Georgia and South Carolina during a ceremony in his hometown of Anderson, S.C.
The Crimson Tide quietly gained ground over the past few weeks since that visit. Sources told SEC Country earlier this week that Wynn’s decision came down between Alabama and South Carolina. Georgia was thought of as Wynn’s likely landing spot.
Wynn recently told SEC Country that the biggest reason why he’d choose the school he did was because of the life after football factor.
“The main thing is education, somewhere I can get the best degree, because education is big in my family. … The next thing is family, somewhere I can call home for the next 30, 40 years,” Wynn said. “Whenever I graduate, that’s still my college.”
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect has some good lineage. His father played tight end for Clemson in the 90s. The Tigers never prioritized Wynn because they have commitments from 5-star prospect Xavier Thomas and 4-star prospects Justin Mascoll and Darnell Jefferies. Clemson is also in good position to land 5-star defensive end KJ Henry.
With Wynn on board, Alabama now has six commitments in the Class of 2018. Wynn becomes the Tide’s first defensive line commitment this recruiting cycle. Defensive line is one of the team’s biggest positions of need this year, so getting Wynn on board is a huge win for Alabama.