Football Prospect Closer to a Decision

Linebacker Josh Bynes discusses favorites and official visits.

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.--Four-star linebacker Josh Bynes of Boyd Anderson High School has had a pair of leaders, Iowa and Auburn, throughout the recruiting process and nothing has changed as the Feb. 7 National Signing Day gets closer.

Like many football prospects from South Florida, he says he'll probably wait until the end to announce his decision.

"I'm still looking around, but Iowa and Auburn are the top two on my list," he notes. "They're the top two, but I'm still looking around at other schools like South Carolina and Louisville.

"I think I've made my decision, but I'm not really sure so I want to see how other schools feel," Bynes adds. "If I can't wait until Signing Day I may say before then, but I'm waiting until Signing Day for now."

Bynes, who took official visits to Iowa on Sept. 29 and to Auburn on Oct. 13, has an official visit set to Columbia, S.C., set for Jan. 19. He is also planning on making a trip to Louisville sometime in January.

Bynes notes that he has talked to Abdul Hodge, a current Green Bay Packer rookie who played at Anderson High and the University of Iowa, several times about the Hawkeye program.

"I've seen that they've produced a lot of good linebackers the last couple of years so it seems like a real good fit," Bynes notes. "Iowa's got their academic program and I've seen it's a place where a lot of young players come in and play, and also just to give the defense a hand.

"I feel like it's a good program where I could come in and play," he adds. "The coaches, I'm really comfortable with. It feels like it's a good place for me to be at."

With the Auburn program, he says that what jumps out at him the most is the environment and the atmosphere.

"I'm very comfortable with the coaches and the facilities are very nice," Bynes says. "The academics is one of the main priorities for their athletes and I really like that. It seems like a great fit. I want to be a math teacher, but I'm debating whether it will be secondary education or junior high."

Bynes says that he had "over 100 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles" for Anderson, whose season ended early with a 20-6 playoff loss to North Miami Beach. Bynes also plays power forward and center for the basketball team at 6-3, 228 and runs the 200-meter and throws the discus and shot put.

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