Bynes cuts list to two

Four-star linebacker Josh Bynes cut his list to two schools Thursday, eliminating South Carolina from consideration. That means only Auburn and Louisville remain under consideration for one of the top linebackers in Florida. Bynes spoke with InsideTheVille.com Thursday night about the decision he now faces.

Four-star linebacker Josh Bynes cut his list to two schools Thursday, eliminating South Carolina from consideration. That means only Auburn and Louisville remain under consideration for one of the top linebackers in Florida.

Though the 6-2, 235-pound Bynes won't announce his decision until National Signing Day on February 7, he said he'll reach his decision this weekend.

"I'm planning to get it down to one this weekend, possibly as early as Friday," Bynes told InsideTheVille.com Thursday night. "Louisville and Auburn are the two schools I just feel most at home. I felt very comfortable at both schools when I took my visit."

Many recruiting analysts assume Bynes will choose Auburn. Asked what he would say to those folks, Bynes said, "We'll see on signing day."

"The deciding factor for me will be which school fits me best and which people I want to be around for the next four years," said Bynes.

Bynes made his official visit to Louisville in December, prior to Bobby Petrino's departure to the Atlanta Falcons. But while there's a new coach in Louisville, Bynes said that won't hurt the Cards chances to sign him next Wednesday.

"It doesn't affect me that much and it won't hinder my decision," he said. "I'll have more contact with the linebacker coach and the defensive coordinator and they're both still there. Coach Kragthorpe came down to my house and he was very straightforward. Coach Petrino was more calm and Coach Kragthorpe seems more out-spoken. He has a lot of enthusiasm."

Louisville is also trying to land two of Bynes' teammates – 6-6, 350-pound Kevin Bryant, a four-star offensive tackle and 6-4, 215-pound Patrick Grant, a three-star outside linebacker. Bynes said their decisions won't impact his.

"They're needs might be different than mine," Bynes said. "It would be great to go to the same school, but we each have to do what's best for us."


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