Lakewood High coach Cory Moore will be watching with pride as his former player, Isaiah Wynn, takes the field for Georgia against Alabama in tonight's national championship game. Wynn played for the Spartans from 2010-13. Moore knows just how hard the 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive tackle has worked to get on college football's biggest stage.
Here are his thoughts about Wynn, then and now:
On first seeing Wynn: "I remember the first day (older brother) Aaron brought him to practice. He said, 'Coach, he's going to be a work in progress.' But I knew he was going to be good because of his attention to detail. He wanted to be perfect in everything. He wanted to go against the best. He couldn't block (Lakewood teammate and current Jacksonville Jaguar DL) Dante Fowler in a phone booth, but nobody else could either. But he wanted to go against those kind of guys. He's a kid who listens to everything you say."
On Wynn on and off the field: "He's two different people. He's an animal on the field, but off the field he's got a big smile. He likes to dress immaculately. And he handled his recruiting in the most professional way I've ever seen a kid handle it. He had so many coaches who wanted to recruit him, but when he decided he wanted to go to Georgia he told everybody that's where he was going. There were no ifs, ands or buts about it. He loved Georgia from the get-go."
On his talent as an offensive lineman: "I knew he was going to be so good as an offensive lineman that I wouldn't let him play anywhere else. I wouldn't let him play D-line or anything because I knew he was going to be a Sunday kid. I told him that. And he will be."
On having a Lakewood alum in the national championship game: "That's huge what he's doing for our community. Guys around here can say 'Hey, I know that guy and he's playing for a national championship.' "