The Lakewood High School football team had front row seats to a heavyweight bout after its scrimmage on Saturday.
For the first time in a year and a half, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn faced each other on the practice field in St. Petersburg. The former teammates worked out for almost an hour, getting in more than 25 one-on-one reps.
Wynn said he won about eight battles against Fowler, who was named to the SEC Coaches All-Freshman team after tallying 30 tackles with 8.0 TFL and 2.5 sacks for the Gators in 2012.
“Of course, he’s gotten a lot better since the last time I saw him,” Wynn said. “He’s the best pass rusher I’ve ever seen. Hands down.”
Fowler thinks just as highly of Wynn. Following the session, he took to Twitter and delivered this message.
Isaiah wynn is THE best offensive tackle in the NATION. stop sleepin on his size.Kid is a flat out BALLER
— dante fowler (@TheDanteFowler6) May 4, 2013
Fowler’s tweet meant a lot to Wynn, who used to get dominated as a freshman by the former five-star recruit.
“Back then, there was a lot of times in practice when I couldn’t get a good lick on him and he’d straight up embarrass me,” Wynn said. “But throughout my sophomore year, I actually got better and accustomed to him. He really did help me get better in all aspects. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t believe I’d have the confidence I have right now.”
“And he’s still helping me. It’s great to have somebody who plays in the SEC that I can just call up whenever he comes back home, whether it be to work on techniques together, watch film or just do things to perfect my craft. I’m just glad I got a chance to get some time in with him.”
The 6-foot-3, 272-pounder is ranked the nation’s No. 5 guard in the ESPN150. But Fowler feels that offensive tackle is Wynn’s natural position.
“Since I’m getting recruited for really just center and guard, that’s where I was lining up against him,” Wynn said. “But once I went to tackle, he told me that’s my true spot because the majority of the time I beat him was from there.”
Wynn also discussed his UF recruitment with Fowler and his father, Dante Sr.
“I had a couple questions for him about campus and what his first year was like,” Wynn said. “But he isn’t trying persuade me to go there. His dad did want me to know that the Florida coaches never once lied to him throughout the recruiting process and all the stuff they promised Dante was true. But they told me it’s my decision and I have to come see the school for myself.”
Wynn plans to do so this summer. He was offered by the Gators last month and immediately listed them among his favorites.