April 17, 2008

Texas DE to camp at MSU

Last year Michigan State made a concerted effort to recruit the state of Texas and would have likely signed several Lone Star State prospect if not for other recruits jumping at Spartan offers. This year the staff is back in Texas and looking closely at several players including one of the best prospects in the Austin area, Kerry Hyder of Lyndon B. Johnson High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect last night.

Hyder had an outstanding junior year of LBJ High School. On the season he totaled an amazing 153 tackles and had 5-sacks and 2 interceptions. He ended up being named 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Stare by the Texas Sportswriters.

Hyder is listed as a linebacker in the Rivals.com database, but he informed us that all of the schools that are recruiting him project him as a defensive end. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have already extended him a scholarship, but they are not the only BCS team that is actively recruiting Hyder.

"I am hearing from a bunch of schools," he said. "Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, LSU, Kansas are just a few of the ones that are recruiting me."

Hyder picked up an early scholarship from the Unoversity of Minnesota and indicated that he hopes to earn a few more offers in the near future. He plans on hitting several camps over the coming weeks in order to do just that.

"I am going to the NIKE Camp next week and then I will also be going to a lot of 1-day camps at schools like Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma," Hyder said. "I also am going to camp at Michigan State too. I will be going there this summer."

Hyder hopes that he will be offered scholarships after performing well at these camps. Could an offer from one of the schools prompt an early decision?

"If Texas or Texas A&M were to offer it would be tough to pass up, but I would need to sit down with my family and talk about it."

Michigan State has a few positives going for it in the recruitment of Hyder. The primary recruiter of Hyder for the Spartans is Defensive Line Coach Ted Gill. Having a position coach serve as a primary recruiter is always beneficial in the process.

Hyder's Head Coach at LBJ High School is Demo Odems. Odems' is a former standout wide receiver for the University of Iowa. Odems, who graduated from LBJ High School, certainly knows what Big Ten football is all about. In addition to that, while Odems as staring for the Hawkeyes on offense Coach Gill was working with the Hawkeyes defense.

The Michigan State staff will be on the road next month and a stop into LBJ High School is likely. If history is any indication, the Spartans early evaluation of Hyder will be right on the money. Last year Michigan State was one of the first schools to go hard after Austin products Darius Darks and D.J. Grant. SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in-touch with Hyder in the coming weeks.

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