June 4, 2008

Byndom headed to Texas camp

Playing in the defensive backfield at Lufkin High brings high expectations. With former division one secondary prospects that total a near dozen under head coach John Outlaw, players that roam the secondary are expected to be future recruits for both regional and national programs. The next in line for the "Pack" will be 2010 prospect Carrington Byndom.

The 6-0, 165-pound safety, that will very likely be recruited as a corner on the next level, is coming off of a sophomore campaign in which he totaled 78 tackles and two interceptions helping lead Lufkin to a 9-2 record. His play during the season caught the attention of college programs, but it was improved ball skills in the spring that has elevated his stock. Byndom says he doesn't have a full list of schools he's considering other than a top two, but didn't have a favorite growing up.

"I like LSU and Texas," Byndom said. "I really don't know any others. I kind of watched everybody growing up and didn't have a favorite,"

With the school year ending shortly for the A+ student-athlete that excels in baseball along with football, Byndom will be turning his attention to attending a summer camp. More than an unofficial visit, the junior to be is looking for things to help him better learn his trade.

"Yeah, I'm going to a camp this summer. I'm going to Texas camp on June 8. I don't know of any others. I'm going to take a look at the school, but I'm really using the camp to get better. I want to see the things they teach and put them to use," Byndom said.

Byndon, who is the son of former Lufkin (1980 graduate) and Houston Cougar football player C.D. Byndom, is focused on improving every day over the summer.

"I'm still trying to work on everything. I'm working on my coverage skills such as 1-on-1 coverage, reading routes, back pedal and reading the quarterback while pedaling. My greatest strength is my speed. Also my awareness of what's going on around me," Byndom said.

While the Panthers made the playoffs as they seemingly accomplish every year, their season was cut short with a first round loss to a very good Klein Forest team in 2007. Byndom has clear goals for the 2008 season.

"As a team, just go deeper in the playoffs. That's it. Individually, just improve and get better at things I struggled with last year," Byndom said.

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