Will Bynum ink with Vols?

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The Tennessee Volunteers and head coach Derek Dooley are still looking for their 22nd signature of the 2012 recruiting class six days after National Signing Day.

Kenneth Bynum, who officially visited Tennessee this week, is still evaluating his options after being impressed by the Vols.

"I had a great time on my visit," Bynum told InsideTennessee. "I got to eat dinner with the coaches in the stadium and everything. I actually went to a chemistry class and sat in on that as well just to get the classroom experience. The teacher gave us a pop quiz. It didn't seem too hard."

Among the Tennessee coaches that Bynum interacted with was new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri, who made a lasting impression on the senior prospect.

"He is an intense guy and he really seems like he knows his stuff," he said. "He has coached a lot of great players. I think he is a great coach. It was nice to meet with him."

Not only was Bynum wowed by Rocky Top, but his parents, who accompanied him on the visit, were just as impressed with what Dooley and Co. had to offer.

"My parents loved the visit," Bynum said. "They loved everything about what Tennessee had to offer. The Vol For Life program and everything like that. They showed them where they get to sit during the game and that is practically on the field. They loved everything."

Bynum, a two-star linebacker, will choose between Tennessee and Cincinnati in the next 48 hours. He also had offers from Illinois, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Stanford and West Virginia.

"I am going to decide where I am going that feels best for me," he said. "I just have to weigh my options now between Tennessee and Cincinnati. I plan to sign tomorrow or Thursday."

While Bynum might not have signed with the Bearcats on NSD, Butch Jones and the entire Cincy staff have still been very understanding throughout the process.

"Everyone at Cincinnati has been great," he said. "They understand the amount of pressure I am under and what this decision means to me. If anyone knows Coach Jones knows because like he told me he has had coaching opportunities that he has had to think about. They have been good to me."

A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Bynum is a 6-foot, 200-pounder who claims a 3.8 GPA and an 18 ACT score.

"Academics definitely comes first and football second," Bynum said. "I want to make sure I get my degree. Then, the football side is second."

Bynum and William M. Raines (Fla.) High School are fresh off an 8-4 season that took them to the second round of the FHSAA Class 4A state playoffs where they fell to The Bolles School 24-6.

The junior outside linebacker was a FHSAA Class 4A All-State selection and also earned Super-24 honors from the The Florida Times-Union. Tennessee quarterback signee Nathan Peterman was also a member the Super-24 award.

Stay tuned for more on Bynum's recruitment in the coming days.


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