Hynoski comments on his weekend visit

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 visited the Panthers over the weekend. He spoke with the PantherDigest.com about his experience.

"I really had a great visit over the weekend. It was just great spending time with the coaching staff, players and recruits at Pitt," stated rugged fullback recruit Henry Hynoski (6-foot-1 inches, 240 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA.

"I already have been to the Pitt campus on many occasions. What made this trip great for me was spending additional time with the upperclassman at Pitt. They are a great group of guys and already feel like one of the team. My host was Gus Mustakas and you couldn't ask for a better host."

Hynoski has been compared to NFL Hall of Fame running back Larry Csonka and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott. He's a cerebral player known for his physical north-south running style. Opposing coaches have described him as a "juggernaut". Describing his high school career as successful would be a gross understatement. Henry finished his career with 7,159 rushing yards and 114 rushing touchdowns. He finished as the state of Pennsylvania's fifth all-time rusher. The Associated Press named him the Pennsylvania Class A Player of the Year.

"I spent a good bit of the weekend hanging out with the visiting recruits like John (Fieger), Max (Gruder), Dom (DeCicco), Sharod (Murdock), Brandon (Walker) and LeSean (McCoy)," stated Hynoski. ‘

Panther fans were jubilant on Sunday to discover that blue-chip running back LeSean McCoy had verbally committed to the Panthers. Scout.com ranks McCoy a "five-star" running back the 7th best running back in the nation. It appears that Hynoski may have played a part in his decision.

"I started recruiting LeSean on Friday and I didn't stop," said Hynoski. "I told him to think about the two of us lining up in the same backfield. We would make a great 1-2 punch. I told him I could block for him then he could block for me. We could throw defenses off balance and do some major damage. He seemed to really respond favorably to everything I was telling him."

"I could tell he was starting to swing our way on Saturday. He came up to me and told me he didn't now what to expect from Pitt when he first came but he was completely blown away by everything he saw and everything it had to offer. He indicated there was a good possibility he would commit on Sunday and I was pumped."

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

"I think LeSean didn't expect to see the close relationships between the members of the football team, the coaches and the recruits. It's like one big family. That seemed to be one thing that starting winning him over. The bonds the previous class created and my recruiting class has created are going to translate to the football field. We're already really good friends."

"I like LeSean a lot and I felt that we clicked over the weekend. I got good vibes from Sherod (Murdock) and Brandon (Walker) as well. Hopefully they commit in the future."

Hynoski was able to spend time with running backs coach Mike Walker and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh on Sunday. "I sat down with both and they pulled tapes of the offense. They showed me the role they would like me to play on offense and how they utilized Conredge (Collins)," said Hynoski. "I'm going to have a versatile role. They want me to run the ball, block and catch the ball out of the backfield. There are times I'll line up in the H-position, a pass catching-role."

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.

"The highlight of the weekend had to be the basketball game," said Hynoski. "When we walked in, the crowd first started yelling for LeSean. They were chanting "We want Shady". The chanting them shifted to Pat (Bostick) and then me. It was great hearing the fans chanting my name. It's good to know we have that kind of support."

"I can't wait to get to Pitt and contribute. I feel the combination of last years recruiting class and our recruiting class will take Pitt to new heights."

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

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