We all love defensive tackles and offensive linemen committing and after a string of skill position commits (Nicholas, Ward, Davis, and Hallmon) it was nice to get commitments from Vaitai this past weekend and now Texas Tech receives a commitment from A&M Consolidated defensive tackle, J.J. Bynum.
More good-strong after the jump.
The Player Speaks: Good stuff from LAJ's Don Williams who talks to his head coach at A&M Consolidated about Bynum:
Bynum will play a 3-technique defensive tackle in a 4-2-5 defense that Raffield is installing. The former Cypress Falls head coach has had eight spring practices at A&M Consolidated, which he said was time enough to recognize Bynum is something special.
"He’s a tremendous leader," Raffield said. "He definitely has the support of the team. Whatever he says goes. He’s a great young man of character. It didn’t take me long to figure that out."
Raffield said Bynum, in addition to showing high character, is something of a character.
“If you ask him, he’s my new quarterback,” Raffield said. “He has a great personality. Y’all are going to love him.”
I didn't get that last quote, but I'm not very smart. Either way, sounds like Bynum is a good person and a good football player. Also, the 3-technique is lining up on the outside shoulder of either guard, so he's not going to be a nose tackle for his high school team and would guess that he plays the same spot while here at Texas Tech.
The Video: Film don't lie:
JJ Bynum 2010 Highlights (via AMCTigers)
Scouting Report: I hate highlight films where it appears that the opposing offensive line is just missing assignments. I'm guessing that you could attribute some of that to Bynum, but sometimes his opponent is just whiffing. Sometimes it doesn't give you a true idea as to how a player fights off an opposing offensive line or controls a gap, etc. In any event, there's a ton to like about Bynum, he appears to be strong (as some of you have already pointed out, Bynum deadlifts 600 and squats 715) and I like players that are strong in the lower half of their body as this typically goes ignored by a lot of players because you don't exactly show off your quads when trying to impress the ladies. I really like Bynum's quickness, he's not a lumbering 275 and I think he's really a terrific size for what Texas Tech wants to do along the defensive line. He looks like he could add some weight. Pretty good quickness off the line of scrimmage and he does show a swim move or two in fighting off the offensive lines that actually block him.
J.J., welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2012 Class: Still waiting on Rivals and ESPN before compiling a list.