The rest of Ryan Bynarowicz’s time at Legacy High School won’t involve a search for a college so he can continue playing football.
Bynarowicz took care of that issue by signing his …
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Bynarowicz took care of that issue by signing his letter of intent with Western State University Gunnison Feb. 1.
“I chose Western for a variety of reasons,” he said. “The coaches are amazing, with deep roots at Western. The coaching staff also fosters a winning culture with emphasis on a dog-culture mentality, which I very much relate to.”
The Lightning advanced to the second round of the state 5A playoffs last season. Bynarowicz played in 11 games and recorded 35 total tackles, 29 of which were solo efforts, and three sacks. He drew some interest from Jamestown University in North Dakota. He received an offer to play there.
“While I’ve been interested in Western for quite some time, I only recently was able to visit Jan. 29,” he said. “I got to meet the coaches and players, take a tour and hear about the philosophy at Western. I love it all, and that trip definitely played a role in closing the deal for me.”
Bynarowicz was one of at least 19 Colorado High School football players to sign their letters to play at Western.
“Staying in state played a role for my decision to commit to Western over some of the out-of-state schools, which allows me to stay close to family,” he said.
Bynarowicz was a sophomore at the time the pandemic began.
“I don’t believe the pandemic played a huge role,” he said. “It was my first varsity year.”
His plan is to study exercise sports science and psychology. He’s not sure about a specific job just yet but would like to work with athletes and support their mental health.
“I am pumped for this opportunity and can’t wait to be a part of the team and football family at Western,” Bynarowicz said. “I am eager to provide myself and give them everything I have. I just want to thank everyone who has been there for me and helped me get to this point .. my family, my coaches, my teammates and my trainer, Dan Baker.”
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