Visit to AU On the Agenda for Bluechip LB

Josh Bynes talks about a recent trip to check out the Iowa Hawkeyes, recruitng and his senior season.

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.—Auburn would love to add a big physical middle linebacker prospect to the class of 2007 signees and Boyd Anderson's Josh Bynes certainly fits the bill.

Recently the 6-3, 230-pound linebacker started checking out colleges that he may call home for the next few years with a trip to scout out the Iowa Hawkeyes.

"It was pretty fun," Bynes says of his visit. "I got to see some things I had never seen before. It was pretty exciting and I had a good time. I would give it a ten. I had a really good trip."

Next up on the visit list for the tough middle linebacker will be a trip to the Plains on October 13, to check out the SEC brawl between Auburn and Florida.

"Yeah, that is going to be something sweet and I am going to be there to see it," Bynes says with anticipation about the SEC showdown.

For Bynes, the Tigers and Hawkeyes have been at the top of his list for sometime, and he says that is still the case, and adds that a big reason is the type of defenses that both teams field.

"The defenses have always been so good and so dominant at both schools and the linebackers at both schools are dominant and play in the NFL as well," he explains about what stands out about the two programs.

Even though Bynes has already had the chance to check out the Hawkeyes' defense in person that doesn't mean that he hasn't been keeping up with Tommy Tuberville's team as well.

"I watched LSU, South Carolina and Washington State," he notes. "Man! That is great defense. I think they underrated the DB's at first, but those DB's are raw. The linebackers are coming up and making plays and the D-line is getting a great push up front."

Josh Bynes was one of the most impressive prospects to attend an Auburn football camp this summer.

Along with keeping up with the hectic recruiting process, Bynes is also working hard to help his Boyd Anderson team reach their goal of a state title.

"We are 4-2 on the season," he says. "We lost our first two games, but we have won the last four and everybody is coming together as a team and we are playing our best ball right now. Practice is more intense, it is more competitive every day, so we are taking it one step at a time and hopefully we will go to the state championship."

Unfortunately for the talented defender he has been forced to the sidelines for two of the four wins. "I have missed the last couple of games because I had a shoulder injury, but I got back to practice a couple of days ago and I am back to full contact and everything is going good so far," he notes.

For a player as intense as Bynes, missing games can be very hard, and he says that really started to show in Wednesday's practice session.

"I want to be out there so bad at practice I went off, I swear I went off," he exclaims. "Practice was going okay, but there wasn't that energy that we needed so I had to start some stuff, and then things got real, real intense out there."

Despite missing a couple of games, the defender, who is rated as the eighth best linebacker in the country by says he feels like he is having a solid senior season.

"I think I have played pretty good," he notes. "I have missed a couple of tackles, but everything can't be perfect all the time. I have made a lot of tackles, but the point is we are playing as a team, but I think I have played pretty well up to the injury and helped my team out a lot."

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