Monroe's Wynn commits to Charlotte
If Tre'Shun Wynn has a little more bounce in his step when Monroe High's basketball team hosts Central Academy in a significant Rocky River Conference game tonight, it's because he's feeling lighter.
Wynn had a weight lifted off his shoulders around noon on Thursday when he committed to the Charlotte 49ers to play Division I football on full scholarship.
"It's a big relief," said Wynn, a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back. "I'm not going to lie about it. Getting recruited is fun, but then again it does get crazy."
Wynn also had scholarship offers from North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina and Appalachian State.
He opted to stay close to home — the 49ers' campus is less than an hour away.
Wynn said he didn't plan to tell Charlotte's coaching staff this soon, but 49ers head coach Brad Lambert and recruiting coordinator Phil Ratliff showed up on Monroe's campus on Thursday, and Wynn decided the time was right to tell them.
"Charlotte showed me the most love," Wynn said. "I talked it over with my family last night (Wednesday) and I did a lot of thinking about it. It was like a green light came on for me to go to Charlotte. It's a beautiful campus and I hung out with the team some when I went on my official visit. It just felt right for me."
Wynn said he gave consideration to the more established football programs.
"I thought about the bigger-name schools but if you go to Carolina or Duke and don't put up any stats it doesn't matter anyway," he said. "They way I look at it, the NFL Draft has people coming from everywhere. It's not where you go, it's what you do when you get there."
Wynn wants to play right away, but knows most college football players redshirt their first year.
As a three-star recruit (Rivals.com), Wynn is a big land for the 49ers. Charlotte had just three three-stars among its 2013 commitments.
"I have no problem being redshirted," Wynn said. "But they did say a lot of stuff about me having a chance to play early."
Wynn played safety most of his career at Monroe, but also spent time at cornerback as a freshman and sophomore.
He expects to play corner for Charlotte.
The 49ers, who finished 5-6 last season, already have seven former Union County players on the roster.
Monroe graduate Mason Sledge starts on the offensive line for Charlotte. Sledge and Wynn were teammates for three years at MHS.
Wynn said Sledge helped influence his decision during the recruiting process.
Charlotte's roster also includes: offensive tackle Thomas La Bianca (Porter Ridge), quarterback Lee McNeill (Porter Ridge), running back Damarrell Alexander (Porter Ridge), kicker Stephen Muscarello, offensive guard Jarred Barr (Sun Valley) and receiver Emmitt Afam (Cuthbertson).