August 15, 2006

They have been with me since day one

Last night Henry Hynoski (6' 0") held a press conference in his home town to inform the local media he was be attending the University of Pittsburgh.

We asked Hynoski what were the factors that caused him to choose Pitt? He replied, "The coaching staff, the facilities and the fact that they have been with me since day one."

Hynoski has been recruited by assistant coach Greg Gatusso with an assist from running back coach Dave Walker. Hynoski said, "They told me I would be used as a three-dimensional back. They plan to use me to block, run and catch passes."

This spring Hynoski visited Pitt for a long weekend along with Josh Marks who has since committed to Penn State. The weekend was in many ways the equivalent of an official visit in that they got a complete tour of the campus including the academic side of the University. Hynoski said, "I have probably been to Pitt a total of six times."

Hynoski and the Southern Columbia Tigers started their fall practice today. Hynoski said, "We had our first two-a-day session today. We should be pretty good again this year. If we stay healthy we should win the state title again." Southern Columbia has won it the last four years. If the Tigers pull it off this year Hynoski would be a part of a state championship team every year that he has been in high school.

As a junior Hynoski rumbled for 2,186 yards on 240 carries including 271 yards in the Class A state championship game. He scored 35 touchdowns last fall.

Pitt lost one of their big backs when redshirt sophomore Rashad Jennings left the program. Hynoski commitment should help them build some depth in this area.

Pitt now has 11 verbal commitments from high school seniors.

Hynoski is ranked by the Pantherlair as the No. 16 prospect overall in the state of Pennsylvania.

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