Date Committed: April 6, 2012
Ranked: Three-star, No. 65 OT
Position status: The offensive line is in much better shape than this time a year ago, when there were a multitude of questions surrounding the core's depth and experience. At tackle, both John Theus and Kenarious Gates are arguably the two most physical linemen on the team, and will retain their spots at both tackle positions. Austin Long has also made great strides this spring, and has shifted to play guard in certain instances. Offensive line coach Will Friend is not one to rush to make a final lineup for his unit, especially during the spring. Friend likes "cross-training" players to not only gauge where they fit best, but also to get them comfortable with playing all over should they need to shift if a stater goes down.
The evaluation: Bynum's first order of business should be packing on bulk. At a weight of 270, he is easily the leanest of Friend's contingent by a good 20 pounds. The good news is that he's young and still filling out his frame, so growth should naturally occur in the coming year or two. His arm length and flexibility are positives, though, and he has a good stance that allows him to get off the ball well.
Estimated impact: Bynum and Buford center Josh Cardiello are the only two offensive linemen who enrolled early, so he's getting experience with the unit this spring. But those two and Brandon Kublanow are the only recruits that Friend and company brought in its 2013 class, which means that they will see playing time down the road. Depth is not an issue currently, though, which means that redshirts are likely on the horizon amongst this crew.