Tiger Recruit Wins Player of the Year Honor

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Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.--Bluechip linebacker recruit Josh Bynes admits he was a bit surprised when he found out he was named the Broward County Class 4A-5A-6A Player of the Year in the Wednesday edition of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The 6-3, 230-pound senior at Boyd Anderson High School is one of the nation's more highly regarded prospects, who is ranked as the number five strongside linebacker prospect in America by Scout.com.

"It's really good to win the award and I didn't expect it because I didn't play the whole season," says Bynes, who is currently recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the final game of the season.

"I am working out and lifting weights and do exercises to get my knee stronger," says Bynes, who notes the problem was not serious enough to require surgery. "Basically, I am trying to stay healthy and get stronger."

Bynes says that he had a doctor's examination for his knee on Tuesday. "Basically he told me that it was much better than he thought it would be. The doctor told me he wants it to be perfect and told me to come back in February and he would check it again."

Despite playing in less than eight full games, Bynes put up big numbers. He finished the season with 110 tackles after aming 147 as a junior.

Bynes made fall official visits to check out Auburn and Iowa and just returned from another one this past weekend. "Everything is going great with recruiting," he says. "I visited Louisville last weekend and I had a good time there. I plan to make one more trip to South Carolina on January 19th and then that is it.

"I am not sure when I am going to announce my decision," he adds. "It will still be a couple of weeks until signing day (Feb. 7th) when I am through with my South Carolina visit."

Bynes notes that he is considering all four of his finalists and says he isn't going to say one is his favorite.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's big school Broward all-star team includes Auburn verbal commitment Wes Byrum, a kicker from St. Thomas Aquinas, plus two more prospects being recruited by the Tigers--defensive end Jabaal Sheard from Hollywood Hills High, who is scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 12th, and defensive end Antoine Carter from Dillard High, who took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend.

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