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FSU Checks in on 2022 QB Davin Wydner

September 1st is an exciting day for rising juniors as their recruitment can officially kick off with contact with college coaches. 2022 quarterback Davin Wydner had an active day last Tuesday, hearing from a slew of schools from all over the country. We caught up with Wydner to get the latest on his developing recruitment and to talk about his interest in Florida State.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, FL is a small 3A school in Florida known for academics, but they also have a few football players that will be national recruits over the next few years. Quarterback Davin Wydner is excited to get back on the field and expects a wide-open offense in 2020.

“I am excited to start back with my team because we are so goal-driven this year,” said Wydner. “We’ve had a shorter time to get ready and will be playing more games in a short amount of time, so we’ve had to get ready mentally. We are a talented team with a lot of skill, our offensive line has come together, and we are ready. We’re a small 3A school with about 80% of the students there for academics. We’ve been busting our butts and it’s my job to facilitate the offense.”

Before the spread of COVID-19 and the quarantine, Davin was beginning to hear from a host of schools, and he had a spring visit plan in place. With everything shut down, Wydner decided to use that time to reshape his body and work on getting himself in the best shape he could before his junior year started.

“Football is underway and things are all good now, but the quarantine was so helpful for me,” said Wydner. “I stayed home. I got some equipment for my garage and just worked. I feel bigger, faster and stronger. Before the quarantine started I was 6’4”, 230 pounds. Now I am 6’5”, 215 pounds. I’ve never lifted weights like I have been lately.”

Wydner says that the body change has helped him immensely as a quarterback, and it has helped him as a thrower.

“I’ve put some videos out recently and I have a lot more velocity on the ball,” said Wydner. “I think the ball has been jumping out of my hand more and I have a tighter spiral. I’ve been able to get more torque from my lower body. I feel really good.”

Right before the shutdown, Davin made a visit to Florida State, a visit he said at the time was an excellent experience for him and his family. Now that he’s allowed to have contact with the coaching staff, FSU reached out soon after midnight on September 1st.

“I’ve maintained my interest in FSU as they were the last visit I made before the shutdown,” said Wydner. “I heard from them right after midnight, so it is big that they’ve shown they still want me and have interest in me. While they haven’t officially offered me yet, I am optimistic. They sent me those cool edits, and we went back and forth with messages. I am supposed to catch up with them later this week with a phone call. I still want to play college football in-state so that’s important.”

FSU wasn’t the only school to reach out to Davin. 

“Things feel flat with the outbreak which I understand,” said Wydner. “It started to gear up last month, maybe two months ago. Iowa State, Maryland, Princeton, Miami, and Duke are schools I have been communicating with. On the 1st I got calls from Ivy League schools and heard from Kansas State, Iowa State, FSU, of course, came back into the mix, North Carolina, Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and Arkansas.”

Davin was hoping to show colleges this past spring what he’s able to do and gather up some offers. While the spring evaluation period didn’t happen, Wydner says that in the end, it was probably beneficial for him and his game.

“I think that I probably missed out on some offers not having the spring, but I think I was only at 80% of my capabilities,” said Wydner. “It was probably better it worked out that way because I feel that I am the best version of myself at this point now. I want to see what happens after these first three games and see who likes my film. That will tell me who likes me and who’ll emerge for me.”

Once the NCAA opens up unofficial visits Davin would like to visit FSU again, Florida, West Virginia, and retrace the canceled visits he had planned back in the spring. 

Davin’s season kicks off on the 25th. Stay tuned as we track his upcoming season and growing recruitment.


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