The four-star fullback prospect from Naples, Fla., has had Ohio State high on his list since they began recruiting him. The Buckeyes were the second school to begin showing him interest after in-state power Florida State, a fact the 6-0, 225-pound Hyde has not forgotten.
Now, with a trip in the works to return to Ohio, Hyde might be ready to end his recruitment and join the fold in Columbus.
"I'm coming up June 17 for an unofficial visit," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm going to go to Ohio State and I was thinking if everything goes real good up there I was going to commit there."
Hyde has family ties to the Buckeye state. Both of his parents reside in Cincinnati, while Hyde lives with his grandmother in Naples. He moved there for two reasons, he said.
"I moved down here because my grandmother wanted somebody from the family to come down and live with her," he said. "Plus, she lives in Naples and Naples has really good football teams."
Hyde will be in Ohio for five days and will go back and forth between the Queen City and the state capital. He has never been on campus at OSU.
"I want to see how the players are and how the coaches are with the players and see how everybody gets along," he said. "They don't really get a lot of exposure down in Florida but I've known about Ohio State since I was young."
Although he is listed as the No. 1 fullback prospect in the country by Scout.com, Hyde said he is being recruited by the Buckeyes solely as a running back. He plays both positions in high school and at least one school – West Virginia – is recruiting him to play both.
Given the choice, Hyde said he prefers to be a running back.
He is being recruited by OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel.
"We get along real good," Hyde said. "He's a really nice guy to talk to. He lets me know what's going on at Ohio State. It's real nice talking to him. They like that I'm a power runner and that I don't go down on the first tackle."
If the Buckeyes do land a verbal commitment from Hyde, they will have both his ties to the state and the early interest they showed in him to thank. Although he listed both Florida and FSU as teams that also talk with him, the Buckeyes have left a mark with their persistence.
"It leaves an impression because they still talk to me a lot and everything," he said. "They are the only school that really talks to me a lot and I talk to them a lot. That's why they are so high on my list. We talk like once a week."