Productive LB Very Interested in Auburn

A football recruiting report is featured on a talented linebacker prospect.

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.--Auburn is looking for linebackers with good size and the ability to make plays who like physical football.

A player for the 2007 signee class who fits that description is 6-2, 215-pound Josh Bynes from Boyd Anderson High School, who received an early scholarship offer from Auburn.

A standout performer who has been very productive on Friday nights, Bynes already has 10 other scholarship offers in addition to the one from the Tigers.

On Saturday, he attended the Scout.com combine on the campus of Florida Atlantic University where he weighed in, but didn't participate because he had a spring training intrasquad game to play in later that day. On Thursday night he will wrap up spring drills when his team plays Northwestern High.

Bynes is a middle linebacker for his team that gives opponents 4-4 and 4-3 looks.

"I am going to get bigger," he says. "With the summer coming up I will be lifting weights and I will probably be around 220 to 225."

A varsity starter since his freshman season, last fall he played with his brother, Herb, a quarterback who will be a freshman this fall at Hampton University. His cousin Terrell Bynes played at Rutgers and another cousin, Roosevelt Bynes, played at Florida Atlantic.

A first team All-Broward pick as a junior, the linebacker is also a standout in the classroom. A honor student who had a 3.8 grade point average last quarter, he is interested in being a math major in college.

"My goal as a senior is to make more tackles even though I made a lot last year," notes Bynes, who was in on 147 stops as a junior. "I want to make some interceptions and score a touchdown if I can," he adds.

"As a team we want to win the district and the state," Bynes says. "We will have a good team this year. We have good players and everything is in position. If we keep on working, eventually we are going to be there at state this year."

Auburn is a college that made Bynes an early scholarship offer and he says the Tigers are right at the top of his favorites list. "Their linebackers are pretty good and fast," he says of the Tigers. "Their defensive line can move, too. They have some players from Florida up there and I know they are good.

"Georgia has a good defense and they all go to the play. At Tennessee, I like that stadium because it makes you feel like you are at home. I have always liked Miami, but that doesn't mean I am necessarily going to go there if they offer. I am going to go to whatever school I want to go to. LSU is pretty good, too. I like LSU."

Four of the colleges Bynes mentions are Southeastern Conference schools and he says that is not a coincidence. "I like the SEC," he says. "It is a tough conference with tough players. I like physical football."

A versatile athlete who is also a standout in basketball, he runs the 200-meter sprint for his high school track team as well as competing in the shot put and discus.

Bynes notes that he is being recruited by Eddie Gran, Auburn's running backs coach, who scouts talent in the south Florida. "Coach Gran came to see me," Bynes says. "He is a funny guy."

The linebacker says he plans to go to summer camps at Auburn, Tennessee and Florida and will probably go to one at Miami.

Bynes says it is too early to know when he will be ready to make his college pick. "I am not sure right now," he says.


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