Henry Hynoski nears decision

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.

"Pittsburgh and Rutgers remain my only offers right now," stated bruising running back Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 242 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA. "Iowa, Ohio State and Stanford appear close to offering. They have been showing me a lot of interest."

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

"Pitt is still first on my list. They are very high on me and I like the role I would play in their offense. I'm becoming more and more familiar and comfortable with their coaches. I believe Coach (Greg) Gattuso and Coach (David) Walker are going to visit my schools again next week. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach Gattuso were here a few weeks ago."

"The Panthers early offer still means a lot to me. It shows they were committed to me and my abilities on the football field."

Hynoski has been compared to Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Mike Alstott. Coach Wannstedt envisions him as a hybrid between a running back and fullback. "Coach Walker and I have talked about the players he has put into the NFL. He told me he would use me the way Syracuse used Rob Conrad when he was there," he said.

The University of Pittsburgh recently received a verbal commitment from the top player in the state of Pennsylvania, quarterback Pat Bostick (6-foot-3 ½ inches, 220 pounds) from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, PA. When Henry was asked if Bostick's commitment might influence his own decision, he stated, "It's an eye opener. He's a great player and leader. Pat's the type of player that will bring other great players with him. It makes Pitt look that much better."

"I may have a decision by the end of summer. I'm enjoying the entire recruiting process, but I don't think I'll be attending any more camps. The Panthers continue to be my leader. I could see myself playing there."

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

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