Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.--Boyd Anderson linebacker Josh Bynes had been to Auburn before for a summer camp but this weekend he saw a completely different side of the campus and football program on his official visit. Coming in the weekend of the Auburn-Florida game, Bynes tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that the experience was unbelievable for him.
"It was amazing," Bynes says. "That was the loudest crowd ever. It was loud but when they scored off that punt block the place was shaking. I've never felt a place shake before in my life.
"It's just amazing how a team plays against Florida like that," he adds. "Florida is very talented but I guess Auburn was a little more talented this night and came up with the victory. That was a great win."
A big, physical linebacker rated by Scout.com as the number eight linebacker in the country, Bynes says that Auburn's style of defense is one that he would enjoy playing in. "I like their style of defense," Bynes says. "It's very easy to understand. They let the linebackers make plays."
Having visited both of his favorites Auburn and Iowa officially, Bynes says that he's had a chance to compare both of the programs and situations. Because of that he says that now he'll begin to think more about the big picture because right now it's still cloudy.
"There's no favorite," Bynes says. "Both of them are about the same. Both of them were great trips. I saw a lot of things to like about both schools. I probably won't make my decision until signing day."
Hosted by fellow South Florida player Oscar Gonzalez on his official visit, the 6-3, 228 Bynes says that he enjoyed his time on the Auburn campus hanging out with the big tackle after meeting Gonzalez this summer when he came to one of Auburn's football camps. Bynes says that he had plenty to do on his trip after arriving in Auburn Saturday morning including meeting with the advisors in the College of Education.
"I talked with the academic people first about academics and school and what-not," Bynes says. "The first thing I did was talk to someone about my major. I talked to him and saw how that goes. They let me know what my college football life would be like at Auburn. I asked them all kinds of questions. It was good. After that I went back to the hotel and got a little nap before the game."
Friends with Gonzalez already, Bynes says that he used Saturday to get to know many of the other Tigers and catch up with several he met this summer while on the campus. "I went to the locker room and met a lot of them. I knew some of them when I was here. I know some of the linebackers like Tray Blackmon, Alonzo Horton, they are pretty cool guys. I had met them already so I talked to them. It was pretty good."
Back to full speed this season after struggling with a minor shoulder injury, Bynes was dominant for the Cobras Friday night in a 16-14 victory over Plantation that wrapped up a playoff berth. After starting the season 0-2 Boyd Anderson has won six consecutive games. Making every tackle on the kickoff during the contest as well as being his usual head hunting self on defense, Bynes says that it was the best game of the season for himself and the defense.