Connor Wynn Evaluation

Wynn is in his 3rd season as the starting quarterback at Mission Hills HS. His brother Jordan attended rival Oceanside High School, before playing quarterback at Utah. His career at Utah was cut short due to several shoulder surgeries. He now serves as the quarterbacks coach at The University of Hawaii under Norm Chow, his old offensive coordinator with the Utes.

Connor has led the Grizzlies to a 24-8-1 record as a starting quarterback and led them to the Division 1 Championship game last season before losing to Eastlake. Wynn has attracted college interest throughout his high school career but has yet to pick up an offer likely due to his awkward throwing motion. He doesn’t have a very strong arm, but he’s very accurate and mobile with the ability to run the read option effectively.

I believe he will ultimately sign with a D1 program, possibly as a greyshirt, meaning he wouldn’t enroll until to the following spring. In my opinion, Wynn could definitely have an impact at a WAC or lower level Mountain West program.

Top 10 in San Diego after week 9

Top 10 in San Diego after week 9…

  1. Oceanside (6-2)
  2. Mission Hills (7-1)
  3. Eastlake (7-1)
  4. Ramona (7-1)
  5. Helix (6-2)
  6. San Pasqual (7-1)
  7. St. Augustine (6-2)
  8. Cathedral Catholic (6-2)
  9. Madison (7-1)
  10. Torrey Pines (6-2)

Others: Mt. Miguel (7-2), Carlsbad (6-2), Grossmont (7-1), Imperial (8-0), Rancho Buena Vista (6-2)

Top 10 in San Diego after week 8

Top 10 in San Diego after week 8

  1. Oceanside (5-2)
  2. Ramona (7-0)
  3. Helix (5-2)
  4. San Pasqual (7-0)
  5. Mission Hills (6-1)
  6. Cathedral Catholic (6-1)
  7. Eastlake (6-1)
  8. Madison (6-1)
  9. St. Augustine (5-2)
  10. Torrey Pines (5-2)

Others: Mt. Miguel (6-2), Carlsbad (5-2), Grossmont (6-1), La Costa Canyon (5-2), Imperial (7-0)…

Tate Martell Evaluation

I had the chance to check out 2017 Poway HS quarterback Tate Martell last week in the Titan’s game against Torrey Pines. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect because he’s still only a freshman, but decided to commit to the University of Washington following 7th grade. Arizona State offered Tate a scholarship this past summer, but he told me that Washington has always been his favorite school, so he has no plans to change.

Poway runs almost all of their offensive sets out of the pistol formation, which gives Tate lots of options in the running game and assists with play-action passes. His mobility and escapability from the pocket is outstanding, but he’ll need to get better as a passer, both with reads and accuracy. Martell is 5’11” at most and needs to add muscle, but both of those should improve as he matures over the next 3+ years in high school. From what I’ve seen, there’s no reason to think that Martell won’t be among the top 10 quarterbacks in the country come his senior year at Poway.

Player Evaluation– Royce Freeman

After having the chance to see Imperial High School running back Royce Freeman two weeks ago, I can say that I firmly buy into the hype that has surrounded him for the past year or so. The senior tailback made a verbal commitment to Oregon this past summer, choosing the ducks over the likes of Alabama, Florida, USC, and UCLA. He has great size for the running back position at 6’0 and 220 to go along with great vision and feet.

When Freeman finishes up his career for the Tigers here in a couple months, he will have solidified his title as one of the top football players in San Diego County History. He’s the best running back that San Diego has had since the star studded class of 2010 which included Dillon Baxter (USC/SDSU/Baker U), Brennan Clay (Oklahoma), Damien Williams (Oklahoma), and Ricky Seale (Stanford). Freeman is set to break the county’s all-time rushing record on Friday night, set by Escondido’s Ricky Seale in the 2009 season. Freeman has averaged 280 yards rushing per game this season, and only needs 205 yards to break Seale’s record of 6,390.

It wouldn’t surprise me if we were to see Freeman playing on Sundays in the near future like several San Diegans of the past; Reggie Bush, Rashaan Salaam, Ricky Williams, and Marcus Allen.

Assuming that Freeman signs a letter of intent with Oregon in February, I expect him to fill a need for Oregon, as a power back, that should complement their current speedsters De’anthony Thomas, Byron Marshall, and Thomas Tyner.