"PITT is one my top 5 schools"

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt will soon be looking for a replacement for All-American middle linebacker H.B. Blades. It appears the Panthers coaching staff has targeted an outstanding replacement from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this prospect.

"I have 14 scholarship offers right now. Pittsburgh, Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss and Tennessee are some of my favorites," stated hard hitting middle linebacker prospect Josh Bynes (6-foot-3 inches, 220 pounds). "I would say that Pittsburgh and Auburn are still the top two schools I'm interested in. It would be great to visit Pittsburgh and see what the Panthers are all about."

"I guess you could say I'm open but I'm starting to think about some schools more than others. Pittsburgh would be one of them. They are in my top five for sure."

Bynes had an outstanding junior season. He registered 147 tackles in 10 games. Josh's top performance came against Ely High School, when he had 21 tackles, three sacks, and three caused fumbles. Scout.com considers Josh a four-star prospect.

"Most have told me I will play middle linebacker in college. I know that the Panthers will have a void to fill when H.B. Blades graduates. Playing time is important to me and that will factor in."

Bynes is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash, bench pressing 315 pounds and squatting 450 pounds.

"I have a strong football IQ. I read offenses very well and I can get to the ball. You could say I do well at getting from point A to point B quickly on the football field. If you need me to drop back in coverage, I can do that as well."

"I want to go to a school with a good coaching staff, a strong tradition of winning and a strong academic reputation. My goal is to become a math teacher. Playing time will factor in as well. I'm not to type to sit around until my junior or senior year."

"I hope to go north and visit Pittsburgh in the future. Maybe I can go by the end of summer."

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

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