When Atlanta (Mays High School) offensive line prospect Tim Wynn received an invitation in the mail two weeks ago to attend Ole Miss' Junior Day on Feb. 28, it was an easy decision.
"After what they did in the Cotton Bowl (47-34 win over No. 8 Texas Tech), I knew Ole Miss is where I wanted visit," Wynn said on Sunday evening after returning from Ole Miss.
Wynn was one of approximately 75 juniors who showed up on a cold, damp and dreary day in Oxford, many getting their first look at the Oxford campus. He was also one of approximately ten prospects to show up from the Atlanta metro area - a spike in interest from that area with the addition of new Rebel defensive line coach Terry Price, who began recruiting that area after Tracy Rocker departed for Auburn.
"It was an all right trip," Wynn said. "They showed us around campus and then I talked with the offensive line coach (Mike Markuson), coach (Houston) Nutt, and to coach Price. They were all really cool and easy to talk with."
Wynn, a 6-foot-2, 270 pound prospect, said he recently picked up his first offer - from UAB - and also is receiving written correspondence to include e-mail from Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Georgia and Louisville.
Wynn is planning on participating in a NIKE combine on March 22. He said he also currently has plans to camp at Georgia and Ole Miss.
"I'll most definitely be back to Ole Miss in the summer," he said. "I want to camp there for sure and also would like to camp at Georgia. I'm not sure about any other camps or junior days right now. I might go to one or two more."
It's clear that Ole Miss made an early first impression on the lineman prospect.
"I really like the coaches, the facilities, and how they showed me some love," Wynn said. "Coach Nutt, he's something else. I really liked him. It would be hard not to like him. My mama also loves it, although we did get lost both times going through Tupelo."
Wynn said the coaches plan to evaluate him some more before deciding to offer.
"They want me to send my video in," he said. "And, coach Price said he'll be down in the spring to take a look at me.
Wynn helped Mays to a 8-3 record as a junior, leading the team with 40 pancake blocks. Despite his team being ousted in the first round of the playoffs, Wynn was still named as an All-Region lineman.
He reports a 2.9 GPA and plans to take the ACT later in the spring.