Will it be the South or Midwest for Hyde

Carlos Hyde is one of the top running backs in Florida for the 2009 recruiting class. At this time the talented recruit has 6 offers and is hearing from schools all across the nation. NoleDigest caught up with Carlos to talk about his recruitment, where he reveals an early top 3 schools and the ultimate decision he has to make regarding college.

Carlos Hyde's recruitment got off to a great start, as he has received 6 offers from school around the country. He is also garnering interest from other schools that are in the process of sending offers his way.

"Recruiting has been going good, man. I've got the 6 offers from Miami, USF, Clemson, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Florida State. I'm also hearing a lot from UCF, FAU and Boston College."

While it is early in the process, Carlos says that he has a top 3 at this time. He says Ohio State, Miami and Florida State are those lucky schools, and he talks about them a little bit.

Ohio State: "Ohio State was a dream offer. Coach Tressell offered me, saying he was excited because they see me as a guy who could come in and replace Beanie Wells. They are looking for another big back like him and they think I fit that mold. I thought about committing, but I also like the offers from Miami and Florida State."

Miami: "With Miami, I like them because of the class size they have. There are like 24 kids per classroom. That's a good thing because I want to be able to get the attention I need from my teachers. Also, I like the program."

Florida State: "I like the coaches there, and I talk to them a lot. I talk to Coach Carter, Coach Dawsey and Coach Fisher the most. They want me to come up for their Junior Day and tell me to keep doing well. I'll probably go up there for their Junior Day."

The last time NoleDigest spoke to Carlos he stated that he wanted to stay in the south to play his college football because of the weather. He says he has backed off of that a little bit, but it still a factor he is looking at. In fact, he says he goes back and forth on it, and that it's part of the decision he's going to have to make.

"With Ohio State, Miami and Florida State, I keep changing on it if I want to stay down south to play ball. My family wants me to go to Ohio State, but it ultimately is my decision where I go. The decision is going to come down to not playing in cold weather or playing close to where my family is."

For Florida State fans, some may think that the Seminoles don't have a real shot at landing the talented running back, but Carlos says that isn't the case. He says the major factor is depth chart, and that is something that is in the Seminoles favor.

"I have legitimate interest in Florida State. If they allow me to get some early playing time that'll be a big thing for me. I'm looking at how many running backs the school has and if I will have to take a redshirt my freshman season. Depth chart is maybe the biggest thing for me."

Carlos told NoleDigest that he wants to end the process early. He wants to visit his top 3 schools first, then he intends on making his decision my mid-summer. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Carlos and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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