October 12, 2009

In the film room: Shane Wynn

Background:

It's extremely rare for a player to see the field at Glenville before his sophomore season but that's exactly what Shane Wynn did. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound, lightning quick receiver has been making plays on offense and special teams for the Tarblooders since his freshman season and as a junior he has taken his game to an even higher level.

Wynn's speed and playmaking ability have led to early interest from some of the biggest names in college football. Schools such as Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, and USC have all expressed interest in the speedster. Currently, Wynn claims offers from Ohio State and Tennessee.
Already this season Wynn had put his outstanding speed to good use, returning multiple kicks for touchdowns and making big plays from the wide receiver position. In this edition of 'In the Film Room', we take a look at Wynn's performance against Huber Heights Wayne in Week 3 along with some accompanying clips from the game.

What he does well...

  • You can't teach fast and Shane Wynn is blazing fast. In fact, I'll go as far as saying that he's the most explosive playmaker in Ohio with the ball in his hands. Against a team like Wayne, which is loaded with Division I talent and speed on defense, Wynn displayed a second gear that could not be matched by the Warriors defenders. Not only does he have outstanding top end speed, but he also has a great burst which allows him to get to top speed quickly.

  • The most important attribute that Wynn brings to the table is his versatility. Against Wayne, Wynn scored three touchdowns in three different ways. The first touchdown was scored on a simple fly pattern where he just ran by the man coverage and caught a pass in the corner of the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. His next touchdown was a 99-yard kickoff return to open the second half. His final touchdown was a long rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter where he came in motion across the field, took the handoff, and weaved his way into the end zone. In addition to his scoring plays, he takes a snap from center in the Wildcat formation and shows the ability to run between the tackles and get up field quickly. Players that can impact the game in so many ways are a valuable commodity and can be difficult to find.

  • Despite his diminutive stature, Wynn is deceptively strong, especially in his lower body. On his long touchdown run, he sheds a few arm tackles before breaking free. One of those would-be tacklers was linebacker Josh Harrison, one of the top linebackers in Ohio and a Wisconsin recruit. Smaller receivers and backs are stereotyped as being soft or at least easy to bring down, arm tackles simply won't get it done when you are trying to tackle Wynn.

  • One thing that I really wanted to watch for when evaluating Wynn was his route running and I came away pleasantly surprised. He gets in and out of his cuts very quickly and is a naturally smooth route runner. His ability to quickly stop and start and change directions gives Wynn the necessary tools to be a skilled route runner. Sometimes, players focus a little too much on their cuts and end up looking like robots. With Wynn, it's very natural and smooth.

  • Lastly, Wynn's ability to make things happen in the open field is special. When he gets the ball in space with a one-on-one type of situation, it's almost a sure bet that he will make that defender miss. His elusiveness in the open field is as impressive as any player in Ohio. He has a great feel for how to set defenders up with a move and then use his quickness and change of direction to blow past them.

    Areas for improvement...

  • In terms of pure football skills, it's hard to find negatives about Wynn's game. The most obvious negative would be his size. At just 5-foot-6, 150-pounds, Wynn's size could make him vulnerable against press man coverage and also hinders his ability to make plays in the red zone from the wide receiver position as Wynn is a player who thrives in open space and can be confined more easily in the red zone.

  • Another thing that Wynn will need to work on is recognizing when to take what he is given by opposing defenses instead of trying to make a big play every time he touches the football. Wynn is very effective when he makes one cut and then gets up field but he does have a tendency to try and make too much happen at times. At the high school level this can pay off occasionally but as the opposition gets bigger and faster this won't work as much.

    Outlook

    A lot will be made about Wynn's size but at the end of the day he is a homerun threat every time he touches the football and his skill set allows for him to be used in a variety of ways. Because of that playmaking ability, Wynn will surely have an impressive offer list but will also be a kid that will probably cause a lot of disagreement among local experts as to just where he ranks in the state.

    The fact that he can be so effective on special teams and in special packages like the Wildcat formation should greatly add to his value in the eyes of college coaches. When it's all said and done, Wynn will almost certainly be a top 15-20 player in Ohio's outstanding class of 2011.



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