Linebacker Josh Bynes from Boyd Anderson High is rated as the nation's number 16 outside linebacker by Scout.com and remains one of the highest rated non-committed players left on the board for several schools. The group inlcudes Auburn, Iowa and Louisville. Over the weekend Bynes visited another favorite, South Carolina, and says the trip went well.
"It went real good," Bynes tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was a lot more than I expected. It was very good. They have a great group of players. They have changed a lot of the mentality down there. The school doesn't have much history so everything you do there is like the first."
Josh Bynes was voted the Broward County area Defensive Player of the Year.
Having already visited Auburn, Iowa and Louisville officially, Bynes says that he will now take some time to weigh the pros and cons of each school before making a final choice. He says that right now no school has a lead.
"I don't have any order right now," Bynes says. "All of them are in the running at the moment."
Bynes has been a priority recruit for Auburn since the he took a visit to the Plains for a summer camp. A physical player who can run sideline to sideline, Bynes is the prototypical linebacker in Will Muschamp's scheme and Bynes says that the coach along with linebacker coach James Willis and his recruiter Eddie Gran told him so last week when they visited his home.
"I talk to Coach Gran," Bynes says of his contact with Auburn. "Coach Gran and Coach Willis and Coach Muschamp came down last Thursday. The visit went real good, real good. They feel like they've got a good thing going on. I like the defense they are running. Coach Muschamp is a real cool guy. I know whatever needs to get done he's going to get it done. The same is true of Coach Willis."
Because of that the intensity has been heavy for the 6-3, 240 Bynes but he says he's thankful it's almost over. Continuing to recover from a knee injury suffered during his senior year, Bynes was unable to take part in last week's Dade-Broward Game, but it hasn't kept his phone from ringing off the hook. He says that he's anxious to get his decision made and get the recruiting process behind him.
"It gets tiring because of all the trips," Bynes says. "I just want to get a feel for the environment and how the school feels. Some of the schools tell you stuff and have programs that you just want to take advantage of."