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Zack Wynn described his recruitment as "really exciting at first" then "it slowed to a complete stop."
On Wednesday, the process ended with Hudson's quarterback signing a letter of intent with Western Michigan. He said he couldn't be happier with landing there.
In his case, it was quality and not quantity when it came to his only scholarship offer.
Wynn, who threw for more than 6,500 career yards, signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning in front of family, friends and coaches. He spent the remainder of the day checking Western Michigan's Web site to see the other signees, who will join him next fall.
One of them was Nature Coast running back Tevin Drake, who signed a letter of intent at roughly the same time in Brooksville.
Wynn said he's in a good spot in terms of competition. He expects to battle for playing time this fall, and based on how he does could have the inside track to a possible starting spot as a sophomore.
Hudson coach Mark Nash had identified Wynn as a talent before he arrived at Hudson. As an eighth grader, Wynn would attend Hudson's spring practice and observe. He stepped into the starting spot as a freshman and always played the part of leader.
The recruiting process ultimately frustrated Nash, who believed Wynn deserved greater attention from colleges. He went through a similar process when former running back Nate Toole, who also seemed to get overlooked by scouts.
"The process is terrible," Nash said. "I honestly hate it because you have no control as a high school coach over what happens. The perception is that you do. You want to make things happen for the kid. You ask you kids to do certain things, he does them and you have no control over the outcome."
Western Michigan was the one school that made promises and kept them, Nash said.
"I remember the recruiter coming by the third time and saying, 'There has to be a skeleton in the closet with him,'" Nash said. "...They had the same take I had - not understanding why more (colleges)weren't interested. They truly feel like they're going to be the ones that have the last laugh."
Wynn has taken the process in stride. To celebrate his big day, Wynn planned to dish on all-you-can-eat wings at Beef O'Brady's later Wednesday night. He will host a big Super Bowl party at his home Sunday.
Wynn may never play in a Super Bowl, but he has hopes of one day becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He always knew he wanted to be a doctor, but fell in love with operating on knees and other body parts after watching his own anterior cruciate ligament surgery on tape.
In the end, Wynn showed he was a bigger winner than many ever believed he could be with possibly brighter days ahead.
"I'm really happy with how it ended up," Wynn said. "It was disappointing I wasn't highly recruited, but I'm excited for what's to come."