Carlos Hyde is one of the top running backs in Southwest Florida in the 2009 recruiting class. The 6' 225 pound running back rushed for over 1,000 yards for one of the best teams in Florida this past season. This past week the power runner received his first scholarship offer from the Florida State Seminoles. Hyde tells NoleDigest that even though it is his first official offer, he's hearing from many other schools. He said, "I got the offer from FSU recently. I'm also hearing from Wisconsin, Georgia, Clemson, Boston College, Auburn, USF, Mississippi State and South Carolina. At this time I'm pretty wide open and I don't have any favorites."
Hyde is originally from Ohio. He moved to Florida last year to play in what is considered the best high school football in the nation. "I actually am from Cincinnati, OH. I grew up a fan of Ohio State. I wanted to come down here and play football in Florida, so I moved in with my grandmother. I want to play college football in the south, so hopefully I stay down here," said Hyde.
Carlos is familiar with the Seminoles, and the fact that they're the first to offer was a big deal to him. He said that he's been to FSU for a camp and likes the coaches he's spoken to. He said, "I like the coaches and players. I went there for a camp and I really like it and think it's nice. I've spoken to Coach Carter recently, and my high school coach told me that Jimbo Fisher really likes me."
Hyde's game is based off power. He is a big running back and a guy who Fisher normally likes to have in his offense. As a junior there are things he's good at, and a few things he says he needs to work on. He said, "I'm a power back, so I think I have the ability to run people over, but I also can run by people. One thing I really need to work on is my pass blocking. That's a big thing on the next level."
Carlos is very open at this stage in the process, but says there are a few things he is looking for in a school. "I am looking at the football program as a whole and the academic side of things to see if the players graduate. I plan on checking out some camps and stuff but I am not sure yet. I've got to talk to my coaches, but I think I'm going to a Nike combine for sure. I'm going to wait and look at the schools that offer me. I want to look at all of my choices and see what the best is for me," expressed Hyde.
While it is early, the Seminole coaches have extended several offers to some of the top players in the state. Getting bigger running backs is a priority for the staff, and Hyde is one of the better ones in the state. Look for further updates with Hyde as we track his recruitment, as well as the rest of the prospects in the 2009 class.