Byndom Headed to Austin

Safety Carrington Byndom is the next in a long line of Lufkin Panthers to be recruited by many Division I programs. The 6-0, 170 pound junior has a trio of scholarship offers and one junior day visit scheduled. He will be in Austin on February 8.

To say that Lufkin free safety Carrington Byndom is going to have a busy few months ahead would be an understatement. The three-sport star for the Panthers has another all-district football season in the rear view mirror and after some down time is about to become a very busy young man juggling two spring sports and the recruiting process.

On Friday, the busy second semester schedule will begin with the Panthers first baseball practice. Shortly after, track will be in full swing as well.

"Baseball starts Friday," Byndom said. "We have our first practice and I'll be playing left field. I'm going to try and run as many track meets as I can when time allows. I will have baseball games on some track meet days. I'll probably run the four by one hundred relay, the four by two hundred relay and long jump," added Byndom.

Byndom, who had a best jump of 23'4" last year, will also be fitting in a junior day visit into his busy schedule in February. Byndom currently has three offers in hand.

"I've been offered by Houston, Arkansas and Stanford. I've had quite a few junior day invites from people, LSU, Baylor, A&M, Texas, Florida State, there have been a lot of them. I'll be attending the Texas junior day February 8," Byndom said.

The top 50 prospect in Texas in the 2010 class, who posted a 4.45 in the forty yard dash last summer at LSU camp, says Texas is a place he feels comfortable.

"I just like the atmosphere. Just being around there makes me feel like I could spend three or four years of my life there," Byndom said.

Texas, like most other programs, is recruiting the high school free safety as a corner. Byndom says the position change at the next level is the direction he has been leaning.

"I think most people are recruiting me as a cornerback. That is kind of what I want to play on the next level. I ask all of the coaches where they see me on the next level and most say corner," Byndom said.

Byndom will not be making a college decision based on football alone. The AP honors student with an SAT score of more than 1200 is looking at accounting programs with each school.

"I really like math. I guess I've always wanted to be an accountant and am looking into that," Byndom said.

While the spring schedule is filled with baseball and track, the two time first team all-district pick is always focused on making improvements as a defensive back. Byndom's attention will be on improving his technique this spring.

"There's always thing to be worked on and improved. Technique is always something you can improve. I can work on closing speed, tackling better, opening up my hips and getting better with my feet. I can definitely work on my hands. As a player, there is always something to work on," Byndom said.

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