Analysis of Linebacker Commit Kenneth Bynum

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Villanova1-14--
@ UConn1-187 PMESPN 2
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DePaul2-4--
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Providence2-159 PMESPN U
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Marquette2-297 PMESPN/ESPN 2
@ Villanova3-32 PMESPN/ESPN 2
This past weekend, the Bearcats hosted a boatload of recruits for the Louisville game and snared four. Bynum was among them and it’s not surprising as he’s been high on Cincinnati for most of his recruitment. He hails from Raines high school in Jacksonville, FL who have been on a tear recently winning their last 5 games after dropping a close one in the season opener. Simply being from Florida suggests Bynum is good but being on a winning Florida football team makes it even better. Let’s get to the specifics:

Overview

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct1UOxOIhwE]For only a high school kid, Bynum has a college-ready body at 6’1″ and already 210+ lbs. He’s not particularly a hammer of a run stopper but does use his body well to make the play. In other words, he’s a ‘sticky’ tackler in that when he gets his hands on the ball carrier, he won’t let go even if he doesn’t go down immediately. That tells me that Bynum has good technique against the run which should transfer over well in college. He also has solid speed be it crashing the offensive line or covering a receiver. Overall a very well-rounded outside linebacker.

Outlook

Coach Jones is going to have to burn Bynum’s redshirt his freshman year as I think he will command playing time at least on special teams. He has a lot of things going for him (size, speed, smarts) and could even breach the two-deep as the Bearcats will be very young at this position in 2012, hence the signing of a bunch of linebackers for this class. I think in all likelihood Bynum will see the field on special teams and compete for a backup outside linebacker spot but might not see much playing time with the regular defense. Regardless of how his freshman year plays out (aside from injury), Bynum’s outlook as a Bearcat is bright.

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