Hynoski down to four schools

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 massive Henry Hynoski from Southern Columbia Area High School (Catawissa, PA). "Hyno" visits the Pitt on Tuesday. Read on for details.

"I'm going to spend the day in Pittsburgh on Tuesday," stated Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 240 pounds). "I look forward to spending the day with Pitt's coaching staff and players. This will probably be my last time there before my final decision."

"I'm down to four schools: Pitt, Iowa, Rutgers and Ohio State. I have been to Rutgers, I'm spending the day at Pitt on Tuesday and I'll visit Ohio State and Iowa shortly after. I would like to make a final decision before the season. Connecticut might be in the mix as well."

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

"All four schools want to utilize me the same way. They see me as a little more than a fullback. They want me to block and run the ball. Rutgers told me I would play a Brian Leonard type of role. Pitt has been open with me from day one. They see me as a large tailback."

Hynoski has been compared to Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Mike Alstott. Coach Wannstedt envisions him as a hybrid between a running back and fullback. "I have talked with Coach (David) Walker in the past and I'm always impressed by him," he said. "He has put a lot of players into the National Football League including Rob Conrad. I would play a similar role to Conrad's role in Pitt's offense."

Henry's father Henry Hynoski Sr. played at Temple and for the Cleveland Browns (1975-76). "Hyno" has an outstanding 3.9 grade point average. He diligence in the classroom currently has him ranked 4th in a senior class of 119 students.

"I believe that all of the schools I'm looking at are good football schools. My visit will have to do with items outside football. I want to assure I'm comfortable with the staff, players, campus and academics."

What are his specific thoughts on the Panthers? "My feelings about Pitt have never changed. They are at the top of my list. Pitt offered early and they have been recruiting hard ever since. I like the role I would play there."

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

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