An explosive blend of speed and power, the 6-3 1/2, 228-pound Bynes has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Cobras through three games this season. Despite his team's 1-2 start Bynes has been all over the place for the defense. With 27 tackles in the first two games, both losses, Bynes was determined to lead his team to a victory last Friday night and that's exactly what he did.
Facing Deerfield Beach High, Bynes made 13 tackles and also had a sack as Boyd Anderson got its first win of the season, 23-8. Bynes tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that the team came together in the victory and he's looking for bigger and better things the rest of the season.
"There was a lot of difference between the last game and the first two games," Bynes says. "We played a lot better and we were more of a team. We did real good."
For the season Bynes has made 40 tackles to lead the defense and also has two sacks, three fumble recoveries and one pass deflection. Numbers like those tend to attract college recruiters, but that was something Bynes had already taken care of with a strong junior season and summer camp circuit. Now busy with his senior season he says the attention is still strong but not as hectic as he thought it would be.
"It's pretty busy," Bynes says. "A lot of coaches have been calling me and keeping in touch, making sure that everything is okay. I thought it would be real crazy but that was at the beginning stages. At the end it's probably going to be crazy, but that's fine."
With several colleges holding steady on his list Bynes says that he's down to a select few schools at the moment. "Auburn, Iowa, LSU, Notre Dame, UCLA, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Arizona State and Georgia are on my list right now," he notes.
A college that has been on Bynes' list since he first began looking at schools is Auburn. Admitting that he knew very little about the Tigers early in the process, Bynes says that the more he learns about Tommy Tuberville's program the better he likes it.
"Since they went undefeated in 2004 they have been a good program," Bynes says. "I had not really heard too much about Auburn. When they went undefeated it surprised me and then the following season they lost like two games. They've been a powerhouse in the SEC period.
"They're an up and coming team right now and number three in the nation. Right now Auburn is one of the top schools. When I went there for camp the coaches such as the linebacker coach are very workable. They were willing to work with me and coach me at the camp. I felt very comfortable."
Bynes has already set up two official visits for this fall as he has trips to Iowa City and Auburn planned during the football season. He will take in the Iowa-Ohio State game on Sept. 30 before heading back to Auburn on Oct. 14 for the game against the Florida Gators.
As a junior the four-star linebacker out of Boyd Anderson tallied 147 tackles, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and two sacks.