When it comes to wide receivers, Detroit King’s Lynn Wyche-El Jr. has established himself as cut above.
The son of a barber, Wychel-El has been known to take the clippers and give himself a trim, or take out the shears and give one of his five brothers or even a teammate a haircut. He also does a little cooking, too.
The No. 12-ranked player in the Free Press Top 50, Wyche-El continued to turn heads Friday night when he caught five passes for 151 yards in the host Crusaders’ 40-19 win over two-time defending Division 2 Muskegon Mona Shores.
Teaming up with one of the nation’s top junior quarterback recruits in Dante Moore, El-Wyche didn’t catch one of Moore’s four touchdown passes on the night, but he proved to be a home run threat as he averaged just over 30 yards per grab.
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“Over the offseason, I really worked on speed and being able to help my teammates,” said Wyche-EL, who has 10 Division I college offers and is a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. To me it’s not all about me. I know if my teammates see me and the stuff I do, we can be good. So, I had to work on myself in the weight room being a great leader.”
The previous week in King’s season opener, Wyche-El caught a pair of TD passes in a heartbreaking 42-40 walk-off loss at Carmel (Ind.).
Needless to say, it was a tough bus trip back from Indianapolis for the Crusaders.
“That losing feeling … it don’t feel too good to lose and we had that long ride home thinking about our loss, so we had to bounce back from the game and put in good work at practice, and it showed on the field,” Wyche-El said.
During the offseason, Wyche-El added 10 pounds to his thin frame and now stands 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs close to 170 pounds.
Among the Power Five schools to offer El-Wyche have been Syracuse (his first offer), Washington and Kentucky. MAC schools Eastern Michigan and Ball State have made offers as well. El-Wyche said he has talked with Michigan, but not MSU.
To gain more exposure during the offseason, El-Wyche and Moore took a tour of SEC schools, along with a visit to Clemson among others.
“I want a team that passes the ball a lot and I want to play early,” Moore said. “If I do (sit), it’s always great to watch and improve, so if I don’t play early that next following year, I know what I gotta do. I’m going to wait a little longer (on a commitment) to see if anything else pops up.”
Wyche-El and Moore have a special connection dating back to their youth football days as teammates in the Detroit Police Athletic League.
“He’s a great leader because I know I’ll be messing up sometimes and one thing I like about him is that he’ll always tell you what you’re doing wrong and he’ll always tell you what you’re doing right,” Wyche-El said of Moore. “He’ll never let you slack.“
Ranked the No. 15 player in Michigan for the class of 2022, Wyche-El believes he can play both a slot and wide receiver position at the next level.
“I know I’m not done growing yet, so I know I’ve got the ability to play both,” he said.
As a sophomore in the 2019 Division 2 championship game final at Ford Field, Wyche-El gave a glimpse of his talents by catching five passes for 46 yards in a 35-26 loss to Mona Shores.
“He brings a little more leadership than the last couple of years with the receiver corps,” King coach Tyrone Spencer said. “He knows what to do. He’s getting other guys involved and make sure they go hard in practice. That’s some of the things he brings way more than he did his sophomore and junior year.
“He’s definitely an elusive guy. When you give him the ball in space, he’s very agile. He’s gotten faster working with the track this year with speed. He’s definitely that guy you should get the ball in space and he’s a nightmare in one-on-one matchups.”
Spencer believes Wyche-El is not underrated or under recruited. It’s more of a numbers game.
“I think the pandemic has hurt him more than anything because the coaches know about him and know he’s a great player, but a lot of scholarships in the ’22 class are skipped because a lot players came back to play another year,” the King coach said. “I think that had a lot to do with him. A lot of schools came to him and offered him, but they just said, ‘If a scholarship opens up.’ I think that is what really hurt him the most.”
Whoever winds up getting Wyche-El will enjoy an all-around athlete who grew up playing baseball and plans to play basketball his senior year at King, along with a solid student with a 3.0 grade-point average.
And with it comes a larger than life and upbeat personality.
“He’s a very funny guy, loves to have fun,” Spencer said. “He’s not uptight or super serious, but he knows when to be serious. I’ll definitely say he loves to have a great time. He loves to crack jokes. He definitely keeps things loose.”