Hynoski ready to make an impact

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 will be visiting the Panthers in early January. He spoke with the PantherDigest.com about the completion of his senior year.

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt has spent his first two years recruiting players that will help him establish a physical and punishing running attack. Class of 2007 running back/fullback Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 235 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA personifies the type of player he wants to recruit. "Hyno" has been compared to NFL Hall of Fame running back Larry Csonka and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott. He's a cerebral player player known for his physical north-south running style. Opposing coaches have described him as a "juggernaut". Describing his high school career as a success would be a gross understatement.

Southern Columbia High School recently defeated West Middlesex High School in the PIAA Class A championship 56-14. Hynoski rushed for 126 yards, caught 2 passes for 109 yards and scored 3 touchdowns.

"To end my senior year with another championship was simply an amazing feeling," stated Hynoski. "This was the cumulative effort of my teammates and coaches. We worked hard for this championship and I couldn't think of a more perfect way to end my career with Southern Columbia."

The Tigers have won five consecutive state championships. Hynoski participated in four of the five championships.

Hynoski's high school football career is nothing short of spectacular. He finished his senior season with 2,400 rushing yards and 42 rushing touchdowns. Henry averaged 12 yards per carry. He finished his career with 7,159 yards and 114 rushing touchdowns. "Hyno" finished as the state of Pennsylvania's fifth all-time rusher.

"Our offense wasn't complex. We would run, run, and run to set up a play action pass. Thankfully most teams had difficulty stopping our running attack."

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

Henry has an official visit scheduled on January 12th. He joins a myriad of upper echelon recruits and verbal commitments set to visit Pittsburgh the same weekend. With his career as a Tiger completed, Hynoski has immediately placed his focus on the Panthers.

"Make no doubt about it, I want to make an immediate and significant impact when I arrive at Pitt," he said. "Physically I'm ready to play; I simply want to learn the play book as fast as possible."

"I know that Coach (Greg) Gattuso and Coach (David) Walker watched me in the championship game and they liked what they saw. I was told I would get the opportunity to play if I can in good shape and learned the offense. Physically I'm ready to play. I plan on training harder than anyone on the team. I'm going to hit the weights and work on my speed and agility."

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.

"I'm looking forward to my official visit. There's going to be a lot of committed players there like Dom DeCicco and John Fieger there and I look forward to seeing them. I know that Pitt has struggled as of late and they are rebuilding. I hope to bring the success I had with Southern Columbia to Pitt."

"The staff wants me to run, block and catch out of the back field. I'm comfortable with that role," stated Hynoski. I'm going to graduate and get to Pitt as soon as I can over the summer. I want to hit the ground running and contribute."

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

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