Because of these attributes, Hynoski has received scholarship offers from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Temple, and Iowa. A number of additional schools are showing strong interest, including Connecticut, Stanford, and Ohio State. Indeed, Ohio State has indicated that should they decide to offer a fullback, Hynoski is first on their board.
Although Hynoski is not yet ready to disclose his final list of favorites, and remains open, he has begun the process of taking unofficial visits to schools of interest. First on Hynoski's tour was the school that extended the bruising back his first offer: Rutgers. Hynoski was on campus this past Wednesday, met with the staff and coaches, and had an opportunity to see the campus.
"I had a great visit to Rutgers," stated Hynoski. "I spent a lot of time with Coach Schiano, with Coach Jackson the Running Backs Coach, and Coach Susan. I came down with my mom between 9 and 10, probably closer to 10 [in the morning]. We went in the weight room, toured the facilities. We met with the strength coach who took my size, weight, and speed and constructed a program for me to see where I could be if I went to Rutgers compared to other fullbacks that have been drafted. Right now they said that I'm ahead of the average fullback."
"Then we met with Coach Jackson and he showed me the different ways they use Brian Leonard and the ways they'd be using me," continued the well-spoken Hynoski. Indeed, the versatility of Brian Leonard, has been a chief element to the success of the Rutgers offense in recent years, and is an attractive feature to prospective recruits.
What is Hynoski's impression of Leonard?
"I've watched a lot of football and my dad [Hynoski's father played D-I and also played in the NFL] has also watched a lot of football and he said he's never seen anybody like him. He does everything and he does it so well."
With the Rutgers visit behind him, where does everything stand at this moment in time for the PA standout?
"Right now, I'm looking to commit before the [start of the] season. I'm going to take more [unofficial] visits. I'm going to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Iowa in July," stated Hynoski.
As a result of his schedule, Hynoski indicated that he will not be attending the Rutgers camp, or any other camp, but will instead focus his attention on further researching the schools he is most interested in. "Basically, football is important, but with football it's pretty equal, all the schools are great schools. I have to look at things outside of football."
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