ATLANTA — Dylan Wonnum has an entire football season before he decides.
With that said, one school has started to stand out for him, and his answer might surprise. Wonnum has long been considered a South Carolina lean, but as he planned to delay his decision, everyone else has started to move even with the big offensive tackle.
On Wednesday, however, Wonnum said one program has started to gain an advantage.
“I’m actually leaning toward Auburn,” Wonnum said. “Other than that, everything is going good. When I went there, something just stood out more than every other college in the SEC.”
Wonnum’s most recent visit to Auburn came in July. He admitted that, at the time, he needed to see more from the Tigers than he’d seen in the past. Apparently he received that when he took a more extensive tour of the campus.
Since that visit, his sentiment has changed.
“It changed the last time I went out there,” Wonnum said. “I really looked at their facilities. I actually saw their workouts, and I liked the workouts.”
This isn’t to say Auburn is a guarantee, hence Wonnum’s decision to wait.
But the Tigers are in better position than anyone else and in better position than they were more than a month ago. Wonnum plans to wait through his senior season in order to take the necessary visits to secure his decision.
“It’s going to be after the season, so it’s probably going to be December,” Wonnum said. “I just felt like I need more time to make my decision. That was about it.”
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle is one of Auburn’s top interior line options remaining.
Auburn has one other advantage with Wonnum: offensive line commit Jalil Irvin.
Wonnum and Irvin grew up playing football together. They were on the same team during their middle school years dating back to sixth grade. He hears from Irvin on a fairly regular basis.
“Oh yeah, I’ve known him since sixth grade. He will always tell me to come to Auburn. Be a Tiger. War Eagle.”
Irvin isn’t the only one consistently in Wonnum’s ear.
Wonnum said Auburn and South Carolina have his most attention right now, but Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State and LSU are still involved. Auburn and South Carolina will receive more visits, but the other mentioned programs could, as well.
But among those schools, Auburn’s communication is the most regular.
“[Most contact] is probably Auburn. I really like coach [offensive line coach Herb] Hand, and I like the way he coaches his players.”