May 4th, 2013 09:35pm

Wynn works out with Florida’s Fowler

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Wynn (left) worked out with Fowler for almost an hour Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Wynn)

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.

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.

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10 Comments

  1. May 5th, 2013 9:15 am

    Over and over we hear recruits and their parents that Will Muschamp and staff do not lie, tell the truth. Now we see the same truth-telling from one of our former prized recruits, now star, and his father. We have much to admire in our young HBC. This measure of integrity is a reflection of the man’s character and ethic. Still another reason to feel really good about being a Gator and UF alumnus.

    by Gatormac


  2. May 5th, 2013 10:56 am

    Gatormac, you’re absolutely correct. That reputation will pay huge dividends over time. It will make a big difference to the young men and their families that have strong values. Those are the athletes and families we want at Florida!

    by Patrick


  3. May 5th, 2013 12:03 pm

    Sure hope Wynn signs with UF. No better school, facilities, coaches, exposure, etc.! Why would he sign elsewhere!

    by GIGator


  4. May 5th, 2013 9:19 pm

    Great stuff, Zach! Thanks!

    by Sarah


  5. May 6th, 2013 12:04 am

    I though he was committed to UGA?

    by J


  6. May 6th, 2013 12:17 am

    No, he just named Georgia his leader.

    by Zach Abolverdi


  7. May 6th, 2013 12:54 pm

    Believing in the purity of a college football program, even our beloved Gators, is setting yourself up for serious future disappointment.

    by Joke & Dagger


  8. May 6th, 2013 8:42 pm

    Joke, Not everyone is an Urban Meyer. Some coaches actually have an ounce of integrity. See Spurrier and Muschamp. As long as Muschamp is here, we’ll have a program run on integrity.

    by TJ


  9. July 14th, 2013 8:40 pm

    [...] first trip of the summer on June 16, and he spoke highly of the visit on his Twitter account. His relationship and workouts with former teammate and UF sophomore defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was also working in [...]

    by Florida loses out on Wynn | Gator Prospectus Gator Prospectus - Gator Sports - Gainesville, FL - Archive


  10. July 14th, 2013 11:53 pm

    [...] initial outing of a summer on Jun 16, and he spoke rarely of a revisit on his Twitter account. His relationship with former teammate and UF sophomore defensive finish Dante Fowler Jr. was also operative in Florida’s [...]

    by Florida loses out on Wynn | Florida News Feed


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