Wynn picking up speed
Tre'Shun Wynn has been dedicated to getting faster this summer.
The Monroe High football standout says he doesn't let a day go by without doing sprints and jumping rope. If he can't work it in before lunch, he does it at night.
Wynn's commitment seems to be paying off.
He ran a career-best 4.4-second 40-yard dash at Duke University's football camp this summer, an indication that his effort is being rewarded.
"I've been working hard at it," Wynn said. "When they told me I ran a 4.4 I was so excited. That's been a goal of mine for a long time."
The Blue Devils have goals, too, and one of them is getting Wynn to accept their scholarship offer.
Wynn is also considering N.C. State, and expects North Carolina to offer soon.
"Those are the three schools I talk to the most," said the 6-foot, 175-pound Wynn, who is being recruited as a cornerback.
Wynn said he and teammate Jaylan Barbour, a receiver, could easily end up playing for the same college.
Both are strongly considering Duke, where three former Redhawks are currently playing (receivers Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney and QB Quayshawn Chambers).
"We would like to go to the same college," Wynn said, referring to Barbour. "We talk about it a lot. I think when it comes down to it we're going to try to go to the same school."
Wynn has worked out with Crowder, who caught 76 passes for Duke in 2012, this offseason.
"Jamison's constantly in my ear telling me I can come to Duke if I want to," Wynn said.
For the fourth year in a row, Wynn will play safety and running back for the Redhawks.
Over the past three years, he's accumulated 1,946 rushing yards, 137 tackles, 34 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Monroe has a 30-13 record during Wynn's career, and has gone undefeated through the Rocky River Conference the past two years.
The Redhawks remain in the RRC, but are moving up from 1A to 2A starting next month.
"I like it," Wynn said. "It's more of a challenge for us. Sometimes people say Monroe's just winning because they're 1A but I think we can do the same thing in 2A."
Wynn expects the defense to be the strength of the team this season.
He's one of eight returning starters on a defense that pitched four shutouts last season (including two in the playoffs) and allowed just 17.1 points per game.
"Our defense is pretty good," Wynn said. "We'll be ready on defense. We still need some work on the offensive side of the ball."
Monroe remains unsettled at quarterback after losing Chambers to graduation, and Wynn anticipates a more run-oriented offense.
The Redhawks return their top three running backs, including junior Chase Byrum (881 yards, 14 TDs), senior Julius Stradford (725 yards, 13 TDs) and Wynn (576 yards, 12 TDs).
"We have a good rotation with me, Julius and Chase," Wynn said. "I'm OK with sharing the ball. It doesn't bother me. My thing is, when you get it, do something with it. I like it because defenses can't just key on one guy."
If the passing game never develops this season, Wynn says there's another option.
Barbour played QB in middle school, and might take some snaps this season.
"Jaylan can throw, and teams would have to be worried about him taking off and running with it," Wynn said. "Jaylan will be moving around some this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see us use him some at quarterback."
High school practice begins on Aug. 1 and the Redhawks open the 2013 season at home on Aug. 23 against Lexington.
Aug. 30^Anson County
Sept. 6^at Cuthbertson
Sept. 13^at Weddington
Sept. 20^Charlotte Christian
Sept. 27^at Sun Valley
Oct. 11^at Central Academy
Oct. 18^Mount Pleasant
Oct. 25^at Parkwood
Nov. 1^at West Stanly
Nov. 8^Forest Hills