How about volleyball? That's something Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson quarterback Herb Bynes is using to improve his game. "It's helping me with my footwork, agility, and all of that," Bynes said. "It's just something different."
Being different is something you could say about Bynes on the football field. He's been playing organized football since the age of 6 and he's now emerging into one of the top quarterback prospects in the state. "I just have a certain level of confidence when I take the field," he said. "A lot of people will rely on a strong arm or quickness or whatever. I play with a different mentality. I play like I'm on defense. I'm attacking people. If you get in my way, I'm gonna throw you a stiff arm to avoid being tackled. By approaching it like a defensive guy, it helps allow me to go through different situations in my head too on what the defensive guy might be doing."
That style is certainly working. In addition to passing the size test at 6-3 and 215 pounds, Bynes has a big time arm and excellent footwork to go with it. As a junior last season, Bynes threw for 936 yards while running for 405 more. He had seven total touchdowns while leading his team to the 2nd round of the Class 6A state playoffs. He's hoping for bigger and better things as a senior. "I'm shooting high," he said. "We lost some guys but I wanna see how far we can take this. We're really working hard together. A lot of guys are working out and doing track and things like that."
Bynes, who says he carries a 2.9 GPA, will be one of the state's most heavily recruited players at his position this year. "I already have one offer and that's from Duke," he said. "They wrote me a letter explaining it all. I also get a lot of the stuff in writing from Georgia, Iowa State, and people like that."
While those schools appear to be writing the most, they're not the only ones showing early interest. Bynes talked about some of his favorites. "Right now, I like Auburn, Florida, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Duke," he said. "I know it's still early, though. A lot will change once teams start recruiting me harder."