4-star Linebacker To Visit USC

Boyd H. Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes, FL) 4-star linebacker Josh Bynes is one of the top linebacker prospects in America this year. Bynes, who combines an ideal combination of size and speed at the linebacker position, is currently rated by Scout.com as the #5 strongside linebacker in the nation, and he has the offer list to back it up.

Josh Bynes claims offers from thirty-one different schools, including major programs like South Carolina, Auburn, Iowa, Louisville, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Arizona State and more, but while some prospects like to make an early decision, he stated that he is taking things slowly in the recruiting process.

"Everything is going fine in the recruiting process. Schools are calling me, making sure I'm alright. Some of them can't wait to get me up there (on visits), and I'm just taking it one step at a time. Everything's been good so far."

Bynes, who measures in at a solid 6'3 and 230 pounds, says that while he is taking things slowly, six schools are beginning to stand out to him right now.

"Iowa, Auburn, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville, and Pittsburgh."

The premier Sunshine State prospect has already made two official visits, and he has a third one scheduled to see South Carolina in January.

"I've taken two visits to Auburn and Iowa. They were great. Both places have great atmospheres, and it felt very home-like there. The coaches there, you can get along with, and the players as well. They both have great programs and nice fan bases. The fans are very great, and I had a nice time on both visits... I'm visiting South Carolina on January 12, and that's about all I have scheduled for now."

Bynes stated that he finds several aspects of the Gamecock program intriguing, and he is looking forward to learning more about South Carolina on his visit to Columbia.

"I'd have the opportunity to play early. They play a lot of freshmen, and I see them as a big time, up and coming program. It seems like they're getting better and better. They're young, and they have one of the best coaches to ever coach college football, so anything can happen. I'm just looking forward to looking at their program."

The standout linebacker also likes the approach that his Gamecock recruiter is taking with him.

"Coach (Robert) Gillespie is my recruiter. He's very calm, and he's not pushing me into anything. He's letting me make decisions on my own, and he's just making sure that I'm alright, and he just can't wait to see me up there at South Carolina."

Bynes is currently planning on waiting until signing day to make his final decision, but he said that could change if the right circumstances come along.

"If I feel that it's right, I may think about (committing) early, but for right now, I'm just waiting until signing day."

While he is in no hurry to make a decision, Bynes does know what he is looking for in a school.

"The coaches, of course. Which ones I feel that I can bond with, and the ones that I feel I can be with for the next four or five years of college. Also the players, I want to feel like I'm in a family with them. Also the environment. I'm from Florida, so I want to leave out of state and go to a place where I know I'm not going to feel like I need to come home. Then academics, of course. That's the main thing, so academics have got to fall in with everything. I want to see a school that cares more than just about football, but also about the academics as well. I'm kind of looking forward to all that."

Bynes, who racked up 147 tackles, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and two sacks as a junior last season, is having another stellar campaign this year, and he is currently gearing up to lead his team into the second round of the playoffs.

"My season is great. We're 9-2, and we're in the second round of the playoffs. Personally, I'm doing great. Everything is getting better, and I feel like I've improved a whole lot more than I did the year before. I can read defenses better, and I'm becoming more of a better athlete. I think I have 100-something tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 3 sacks."

Lastly, Bynes was asked to describe himself as a player, and he stated that while he has all the physical tools to succeed on the gridiron, his football instincts help to set him apart.

"As a player, I don't think as much on the field. As a linebacker, if you think too much, it's not going to happen. I just kind of go ahead and make the play. If I see it, I go ahead and attack it. I read plays very quickly. When I see it, I'm going. I'm not sitting there waiting for it to happen. Also, I'm going to make a sure tackle. Some people go for the big hit and don't make it, but I make the big hit and the sure tackle all in one. I make sure the player goes down to the ground and doesn't even come up. I use my speed to get from here to there to make the play. I'm 230 (pounds), and my bench now is 340 (pounds), so when I'm trying to get the linemen off me, my strength is going to be one of my best things so I can take on blocks and get to the running back as quick as possible."

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