Hyde Excited For His Chance

The Ohio State running attack figures to get a boost of a different kind when Carlos Hyde arrives on campus. The former four-star fullback prospect talks to BuckeyeSports.com about comparisons to Chris "Beanie" Wells, his spring game experience and his random connection to Michael Brewster.

Carlos Hyde is just ready to get started already.

The four-star fullback prospect from Naples, Fla., was on hand for Ohio State's spring game, as were nearly all the other members of the school's class of 2010. While in town, Hyde found himself giving plenty of autographs and meeting current and former Buckeyes.

But as he surveyed the action and the record crowd on hand, the 6-1, 230-pound back had just one thought on a warm, sunny day in Ohio Stadium.

"I wish I was out playing," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I really wanted to go out there and play, but I'll get my turn to go out there and play. I was pretty excited to be there to watch that, though. It was cool."

Although Hyde was ranked as the top fullback prospect in the country by Scout.com, Hyde's future in Columbus will be carrying the mail instead of opening holes. With Dan Herron (5-10, 193 pounds) and Brandon Saine (6-1, 217) already on the roster and Jaamal Berry (5-11, 195) set to enroll this summer, the Buckeyes have an abundance of small, speed tailbacks.

What they are lacking is a big, bruiser to take the place of Chris "Beanie" Wells, last year's leading rusher. The hope is that Hyde will step into that role and contribute.

"They were telling me that they would use me like how they used Beanie," Hyde said. "They need that big back in the backfield because they only have little guys so it's good that they're going to have another big back and they can use me like they have Beanie Wells in there.

"It's pretty exciting. I've got some big shoes to fill, but it's pretty exciting."

During spring football, OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel voiced his approval of having Hyde as a running back and not a fullback.

"He's a tailback," Tressel said. "Carlos Hyde's a tailback absolutely and I think that we would be mistaken if we didn't pursue that hard because he is different from the other guys. The fact that we have a variety of skills and physical attributes is good."

Wells was in attendance for the spring game along with Hyde. The freshman-to-be said he did not speak with Wells that time, but that the two have struck up a relationship aided by social networking website Facebook.com.

"I've talked to him on that before," Hyde said. "I talked to him about Ohio State. He told me to study the plays and work hard in the weight room and everything should be all right."

As a senior, Hyde rushed for 1,653 yards and 16 touchdowns. Initially a native of Cincinnati, he committed to the Buckeyes in late June largely out of a desire to play closer to home.

He held an offer from the Buckeyes for a few months before committing, and Hyde said he can remember the day he walked into head coach Bill Kramer's office and learned that OSU was interested.

"When I got the offer I wanted to commit right then and there but I realized I had never been to the campus and never been to Columbus to check out Ohio State, so I thought I would wait and check it out and see how that is," Hyde said. "I took an unofficial visit up there. I liked the coaches and how much they care about the players and the tradition at Ohio State. I liked how big football is in Columbus."

Since his commitment, Hyde said he has developed friendships with fellow 2010 class members Jamie Wood, Marcus Hall and Melvin Fellows as well as current OSU center Michael Brewster.

As it turns out, there is a connection between Brewster and Hyde – albeit a convoluted one.

"My girlfriend, her brother's wife is friends with Michael Brewster's parents," Hyde said.

Now, with just a few weeks of high school remaining and about a month until he arrives in Columbus, Hyde said he is looking forward to getting his college career started.

"It's exciting," he said. "I can't wait to get out of high school. I'm ready to move onto the next level and get started."

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