Hynoski talks about his decision

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt hopes to establish a physical and punishing running game. He took a major step closer to his goal when rugged fullback Henry Hynoski verbally committed to the Panthers on Monday. He recently spoke with the PantherDigest.com about his decision.

Blue-chip running back Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 240 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA held a press conference to announce he was attending the University of Pittsburgh. He chose the Panthers over Iowa, Rutgers and Temple. "Hyno" becomes the 11th player to join the Panthers' class of 2007.

"I actually committed to the Panthers a week and a half ago," stated Hynoski. "The coaching staff had a great reaction. I spoke with Coach (Greg) Gattuso, Coach (David) Walker and Coach (Dave) Wannstedt. They were really excited. I guess the staff was heading out on a river cruise and they told me I gave them another reason to celebrate."

When asked specifically why he chose the Panthers, he stated, "They have been recruiting me since my freshman year. I have been there more than any other school and grew very close to the coaching staff," he said. "I feel comfortable at Pitt. It feels like home. The facilities are great and I like the role I'm going to play in the offense."

Scout.com Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks Hynoski the 14th best player in the state of Pennsylvania. He is ranked a three-star recruit. Henry rushed for 2,180 yards and scored 34 touchdowns as a junior. He caught 6 passes for 136 yards and scored 1 touchdown.

"Hyno" was exuberant when discussing his future role in the Panthers offense. "Coach Walker wants me to be a hybrid running back/full back," he said. "He wants me to run, block and catch passes. I have seen what they have done with other fullbacks in their system and it's exciting."

Hynoski has been a man amongst boys at the Class A level. He's capable of bench pressing nearly 400 pounds, squatting 550 pounds and running the forty-yard dash in 4.65 seconds. Henry is an excellent student with a 3.9 core GPA and 1800 SAT. He has frequently been compared to Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Mike Alstott.

Henry was asked to comment on his future position coach David Walker. He quickly replied, "I can't wait to work with Coach Walker. He's a great guy, I'm very comfortable with him and he brings the best out of the players he coaches. I know he helped put a number of great players in the NFL."

Hynoski adds depth at a relatively thin fullback position. He will compete with Conredge Collins, Mark Yezovich and Chris Bova next season.

"We just started two-a-days. With my decision out of the way, I can focus on my team and hopefully winning another state title," he said. "It feels great to have recruiting over with. I'm proud to be a Panther."

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

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