Pitt still in the mix for LB Bynes

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt will soon be looking for a replacement for All-American 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 spoke with Bynes for an update.

"I have over 20 scholarship offers right now," said Josh Bynes (6-foot-3 inches, 225 pounds). "Auburn, Florida State, Arizona State, Tennessee, Iowa, Pittsburgh, LSU and Notre Dame are some of my favorites."

"We start practices for the season in about two weeks. I'm going to sit down and narrow my list to my top five schools before the season."

Bynes had an outstanding junior season. He registered 107 tackles in 10 games. Josh's top performance came against Ely High School, when he had 21 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 caused fumbles. Scout.com considers Josh a four-star prospect.

"Academics are important to me. I want to be a math teacher. I'm going to take a look at any schools education department," said Bynes. " I want to feel comfortable with the team and coaches as well. Playing time is key as well. I know H.B. Blades will be graduating from Pitt. They have something like three to four linebackers leaving. I could see a lot of early playing time."

Josh is capable of running the forty-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, bench pressing 315 pounds and squatting 450 pounds. The Panthers are recruiting two of his teammates: cornerback Moses Jenkins and offensive lineman Branden Curry.

"I bring aggression and vision to the linebacker position. People have told me I'm one of the best linebackers moving sideline to sideline in Florida."

"I hope to make a decision by the end of summer, maybe a little later. They next two to three weeks should be key. I hope to really break things down. Pittsburgh is still in the mix right now. They have a chance to win the Big East every year."

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

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