Cards laying groundwork with Florida QB

Herb Bynes, an athletic quarterback from Laderdale Lakes, Florida, hasn't taken any official visits and doesn't have any firm visit dates set up either. Apparently, many schools are taking a wait and see approach. However, Bynes has a clear leader and a Top 3. Did a recent visit from a Louisville assistant move the Cardinals to the top of Bynes' list?

Even though Louisville has 16 verbal commitments, it's pretty clear Bobby Petrino's Cardinals would like to add the one thing they currently don't have in their 2006 recruiting class – a quarterback.

With star quarterback Brian Brohm just completing his sophomore season, Petrino has found it difficult to land a top-notch quarterback prospect this year. But it hasn't been for lack of effort. Louisville has pursued several highly touted quarterback prospects this year, including Neil Caudle, Justin Roper, Justin Burke, and Chris Smelley.

They missed on all four, including Roper, who chose Oregon last week.

Enter Herb Bynes?

Bynes has plenty of talent to be sure. The Lauderdale Lakes, Florida prospect stands 6-3 and weighs 215-pounds. He can run (4.6 forty) and throw. His size, arm strength, and footwork really separate him from a lot of other quarterback prospects.

If Herb Bynes get his test score, he
might be headed to the Big East
next season.
"I'm a straight quarterback," he said.

Bynes threw for 1175 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior while leading Anderson High to a 7-4 record. He also rushed for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Despite Bynes' on-field talents, there hasn't been much going on with his recruitment. He hasn't taken any official visits to-date, and he doesn't have any firm visits set up either. Academics appear the reason. Apparently, many schools are taking a wait and see approach.

Bynes said he's on-track in his core classes, but still needs a qualifying test score. Just before we called, Bynes was preparing for an upcoming SAT. He'll take the SAT Jan. 28, and the ACT Feb. 11.

One school that continues to lay groundwork with Bynes is Louisville. The Cardinals sent an assistant coach for an in-home visit last week, and Bynes said Louisville is talking about an official visit late next month, either Jan. 20 or 26.

"I love Louisville," Bynes said. "They play everybody and they had the No. 1 offense last year. They run a wide-open, spread offense. The pass it, and they run it and they give everybody a fair chance to play."

Bynes said the Louisville assistant talked a lot about academics during his visit.

"I talked to them last week," Bynes said. "Their coach came to my house last week. We talked about academics and he asked about my core grades. Then he talked about Louisville and told me about their tutoring program for freshmen.

"He said they're very interested, and he explained their quarterback situation," added Bynes. "I know they have a great quarterback who is going to be a junior next year. So I understand how hard I'll have to work for playing time."

Bynes said his Top 3 are Louisville, Middle Tennessee, and South Florida – in that order. Bynes was clear that Louisville is his current leader. And even though Middle Tennessee recently had a coaching change and he hasn't talked to the Raiders new coaches, he still listed them ahead of South Florida.

But that doesn't mean the Bulls aren't in the mix. In fact, Bynes sounded very interested in the South Florida program.

"It's in Florida," Bynes said. "They had a good year and went 8-4. I know a lot of the players on their team and I feel comfortable with them and their coaches. I really like Coach Levitt."

Will Bynes be in the ‘cards' for Louisville? It seems to be a wait and see proposition right now.

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