Scouting Lufkin DB Carrington Byndom

One of the top junior defensive back prospects in Texas is Lufkin free safety Carrington Byndom. The 6-0, 165-pound long armed defender put together another productive season for the Panthers in 2008. With a combo of quickness, speed and the ability change direction, Byndom is on the radar of every program from around the region.

Programs such as Texas, Oklahoma and LSU are already heavily recruiting the talented junior. The most interesting thing about Carrington Byndom (6-0, 165) is that he will be recruited as a corner by many programs, despite primarily playing free safety for Lufkin.

Byndom's best attribute is his ability to close on the football. He gets a quick jump on the ball and closes with a combination of quickness and speed. On balls over the top, he showed the ability to open his shoulder and hips, make a smooth transition/speed turn and recover to make a play on the ball.

At free safety, Byndom shows instincts and the ability to diagnose plays. On timing routes, Byndom reads the play early, reacts with quickness, and covers ground with speed. Many He shows the ability to make plays on the ball in the air with deflections. One area of improvement is finishing a play with an interception. He had several passes in his hands, but came away with a lone pick on a ball lobbed in the end zone against Longview.

Against the run, he isn't scared to fly to the football and make a hit on bigger and stronger players. He's an excellent form tackler for the most part, but does tackle too high at times in space. While he may tackle high occasionally, his quickness gives him the ability to make the play in space. He also showed the ability to take on a cut block, stay on his feet and still assist or make a solo stop.

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