"Hyno" still high on Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to establish a physical and punishing running game. One of the top running backs on the Panthers' radar happens to be Henry Hynoski from Southern Columbia Area High School. Is he leaning to Pitt? Read on.

"I recently visited Penn State during their junior day but they didn't offer," stated hulking running back Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 242 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High Schoolin Catawissa, PA. "Penn State told me they want to see me catch the ball out of the backfield. I didn't do a lot of that in my tapes. They told me they want to watch me at the NIKE combine. I should have no problem catching the ball. It's one of my strengths."

"Hyno" rushed for 2,180 yards and scored 34 touchdowns as a junior. He caught 6 passes for 136 yards and scored 1 touchdown. Hynoski has been part of three state championship teams in three years.

"Pitt and Rutgers remain my only offers right now. I'm still very high on Pitt. They send me five letters a week and the letters come from a different coach each time. Their early offer means a lot to me. It shows me that they have total confidence in me."

The Panthers have offered Hynoski's teammate Josh Marks (6-foot-4 inches, 285 pounds). When asked if he and Marks were a package deal, he stated, "Josh and I would like to play together. We're not a package deal, but it would be great to play together. Both of us are high on Pitt. We have talked about playing there."

Hynoski has been compared to Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Mike Alstott. Coach Wannstedt envisions him as a hybrid between a running back and fullback. "My role is similar to that of Jerome Bettis with the Steelers. They give me the ball in the second half of games and I wear down defenses. My size is an asset."

"I believe I'm going to make a decision by the end of summer. That could change. I'm still high on Pitt and I like the coaching staff there quite a bit. I need to evaluate the offers I have by the end of summer and make a decision from there."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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