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McFarland Not the Only Lufkin Star Texas Is After

It’s no secret that Texas wants Lufkin DT Jamarkus McFarland for the class of 2009. However, there’s a 2010 Lufkin athlete that Texas has also set its sights on.

S Carrington Byndom has been hearing quite a bit from the Horns and it turns out the interest is mutual.

The 6-0, 170 pound safety visited Austin for football camp back in June and says that the coaching staff has stayed in contact with him ever since.

“Texas is contacting me the most out of any school right now,” said Byndom, who currently holds offers from Arkansas and Houston. “I keep in contact with the coaches, mainly Coach (Mac) McWhorter. I talk to them a lot every week through mail and email.”

Byndom has not had a chance to make it back for a visit to Texas since the summer, but he says that he would like to make it down for the Longhorns’ regular season finale on Thanksgiving Night against Texas A&M. Byndom says that he has Texas near the top of his list.

“My interest is pretty high,” Byndom said. “I think I’ll start sorting things out later on in the process and eventually I’ll choose the school that’s best for me.”

“I’m just going to let it play out,” Byndom added about the recruiting process. “I’ll start hitting hard at the end of the season and into the spring. I’m just going to take it one day at a time.”

Following an outstanding sophomore season in which he earned first team all-District honors, Byndom has been rock solid as a junior helping lead Lufkin into the area round of the Class 5A, Division I playoffs with 72 tackles, one fumble recovery and an interception for a Lufkin team that started slow out of the gates, but got things turned around in district play.

“We had some ups and downs early, and I felt like I could have played better in the games we lost,” Byndom said. “Lately we’ve been coming together and playing well. Hopefully we can keep it up.”

To keep their season alive Byndom and the Panthers will have to knock off a tough Houston Cy Ridge team this weekend.

“With Russell Shepard there, we’ve got to focus on stopping him,” Byndom said. “We need to come out and play our game and take it from there.”

Byndom says that there are a lot of things in his game that he needs to improve, but he adds that having played quarterback in junior high has helped him become a better defender.

“I’m able to read,” Byndom said. “As a quarterback I know how it feels to sit back and look at things and how it feels to be back there.”

Byndom also says that one of his best attributes is his speed. He backed up that claim over the summer after clocking a 4.45 40 at the Texas camp and said he had a similar clocking at the LSU camp.