Josh Bynes Feels Great to Be an Auburn Tiger

This highly regarded south Florida prep star finally makes his pick.

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.--Keeping some suspense about his college destination throughout the spring, summer and fall all the way through to national signing day, linebacker Josh Bynes announced on Wednesday he will play his college football for the Tigers.

"I love my decision to be a Tiger," Bynes says. "I can't wait to get up to Auburn and play. I feel really good about going to Auburn.

"Auburn feels like home to me," he adds. "I feel like Auburn is the best place for me. I really like the players, the coaching staff and everything at Auburn."

Bynes picked Auburn over Louisville, South Carolina, Iowa and others.

The Broward County Class 4A-5A-6A Player of the Year, the 6-3, 230-pounder has been a high priority recruit for Auburn for almost a full year.

Bynes was only able to play in less than eight full games as a senior, but still managed to make 110 tackles. He suffered a knee injury, but the problem wasn't serious enough to require surgery and he is expected to be back to full speed before reporting to campus this summer. He was in on 147 tackles as a junior.

Bynes made fall official visits to check out Auburn and Iowa and winter official visits to Louisville and South Carolina.

Commenting on Auburn, Bynes says, "I'm very comfortable with the coaches and the facilities are very nice. The academics are 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," he adds.

Bynes took his official visit the weekend the Tigers handed eventual national champion Florida its only loss. He was impressed by what he saw.

"It was amazing," he 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 that night and came up with the victory. That was a great win."

Bynes also points out he is a fan of Southeastern Conference football. "I like the SEC," he says. "It is a tough conference with tough players. I like physical football.

"I like Auburn, too," he adds. "I know they have a lot of good football players up there from our area. I like their style of play. Their linebackers are physical and can run."

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