Hynoski enjoys successful senior season

Henry "Hyno" Hynoski from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA is considered one of the top fullback prospects in the nation. The University of Pittsburgh commitment is having an outstanding senior campaign. He recently spoke with the PantherDigest.com about his senior season.

"We're have a really good year. Our current record is 9-0," stated hybrid running back/fullback Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 235 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA. "They have had to enact the "mercy rule" in every game we have played because we have been so dominant."

Scout.com ranks Hynoski a "three star" prospect and the 4th best fullback in the nation.

Henry has rushed for 1,200 yards this season and averaged 12 yards per carry. He has scored 26 touchdowns.

"I have only played until half time in 8 of the 9 games or my statistics would be much better. Usually we're up by so many points there's no reason for me to play beyond the half. I simply want our team to continue winning and get to the championship game."

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

When asked why the Southern Columbia Tigers were so dominant, he replied, "It hard to give one specific reason. I think we're very solid from top to bottom. We have little to no weaknesses. Our team has dominated Class AA and Class AAA teams all year."

The Panthers envision Hynoski as a hybrid between a running back and a fullback. "I recently attended the Panthers home game against Rutgers," he said. "The coaches told me I'll get playing time next season. I was told anywhere from 10 to 15 carries a game."

"I'm primarily a running back for my high school team, but I'll be asked to block more at Pitt. I'm fine with that. Coach (David) Walker told me to come in good shape and ready to play. I can run, block and catch well so I'm ready to do what is asked of me."

Henry 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. Hynoski is an excellent student with a 3.9 GPA and 1800 SAT. He chose Pitt over Iowa, Rutgers and Temple.

"I'm impressed with the Panthers this season. People forget that Coach (Dave) Wannstedt is only in his second year as head coach the team is very young. I can't wait to join them."

Henry has already developed a bond with future teammates Pat Bostick, John Fieger, Chris Jacobson and Myles Caragein. "I was able to meet Xavier Stinson at the Rutgers game we spoke for a while. It's going to be great playing with him as well," he said.

"I can't wait to be a Panther. The program is moving in the right direction and I can't wait to be part of it."

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

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