"PSU-Type Kid" Likes Nittany Lions

For some prospects, the recruiting process is stressful, grueling and sometimes unpleasant. Between countless calls from coaches and the media, compounded with weekend trips to colleges halfway across the country, the fun can be lost. But not for Henry Hynoski, a Pennsylvania prospect who is interested in the Nittany Lions.

“It's actually been exciting,” Hynoski said. “It's one of those things, I'm not one of those people who finds it annoying or stressful. As it goes on, I love every minute of it.”

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound running back prospect from Southern Columbia High in Catawissa, Pa., took in the sites of Happy Valley this past weekend at Penn State's Junior Day event. How did everything go?

“It went really well,” Hynoski said. “I met with Coach [Galen] Hall, the running backs coach. We met for about half an hour with my parents and he said they are very interested and he wants to see me catch a few more passes. He said once I come up and he sees me at a camp making catches, an offer is probably on the way.”

Hynoski, who visited Penn State unofficially a couple of times last season with teammate Josh Marks, said that the visit to Penn State's Junior Day keeps the Nittany Lions in serious contention.

“Penn state is really high on my list,” Hynoski said. “I'm a central Pennsylvania kid. I love the atmosphere at Penn State. I can't say enough about the coaches and facilities. The game-time atmosphere is the most exciting thing. I've visited a lot of schools and there's not another student section that's even close to Penn State's. I can't find a negative about that school.”

At this point, followers of Hynoski's recruitment have questioned whether he projects as a tailback or fullback at the college level. According to Hynoski, the college coaches have differing views.

“That discussion often comes up,” Hynoski said. “A lot of coaches say I'm big like a fullback but I run like a tailback. Pittsburgh said I could play fullback and tailback. Rutgers said they want me to be a Brian Leonard-type back.”

Both Pittsburgh and Rutgers have extended Hynoski written offers. As for a decision in the near future, Hynoski made one thing clear.

“One school isn't standing out over another right now,” Hynoski said.

Hynoski will return to the Penn State campus in May for the Nike camp. There, the staff can further evaluate his pass-catching abilities. It is then Hynoski hopes to get the written offer in his hands.

“They're holding a Nike camp in May and I'll be attending that,” Hynoski said. “They'll be watching then.”

When it's all said and done, does Hynoski expect a written offer from Penn State?

“I definitely do,” Hynoski said. “The only thing that might hold them back is that they're limited in scholarships because of the amount of seniors graduating. But I definitely do think an offer will be coming. At least I'm hoping so because all of the coaches said, 'you're a Penn State-type kid.' ”

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