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No. 31 Stephon Wynn not yet leaning to Clemson

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Defensive line is a premium position on the recruiting trail. In the Class of 2018, one of the most coveted by SEC and ACC programs is Stephon Wynn.

Wynn’s January transfer to IMG Academy has the nation's No. 6-ranked defensive end looking differently at the decision-making process.

“In my mind, my top schools are Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, South Carolina,” said Wynn. “Right now, I’m looking as far as the things I’m going to have to do in college. With me transferring to IMG, that is opening my eyes to how I’ll have to adapt in college.”

Having grown up close to Clemson, combined with the family ties, the expectation is for Wynn to end up a Tiger, especially coming off the two-straight College Football Playoff runs and national championship in January.

“I’ve heard things like why would you not go to Clemson," Wynn said. "... It’s just is it the best place for me, and somewhere I can develop and expand my game? Is it the school for me? I’m going to find a school that makes me a better man, and football player.”

One thing that will ultimately help Clemson as it tries to reel in the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game selection is the continued ascension of the ACC after watching the SEC dominate in his younger years.

“When I first started in ninth grade, there was no comparison," he said. "I was all SEC over the ACC. Now slowly, the ACC is getting to the level the SEC was for so long. So now it’s both the ACC and SEC right now.”

While Wynn is still navigating through the recruiting process, he does have a decision timetable in mind … if the school he wants to commit to will allow him to make official visits after giving a verbal.

“I’m looking for a school that truly has my best interests at heart," Wynn said. "A school that wants me to be a better man, a better student and then a better football player. Football doesn’t last forever, so I have to have a good degree to fall back on. Somewhere my parents feel comfortable sending me off to. I will probably commit sometime over the summer, and then try to take some official visits. If I can’t commit and take my officials, I will probably just commit sometime during the season.”

Wynn is on track to graduate from high school in December of 2017, and enroll at the college of his choice in January of 2018.