The 6-1, 230-pound running back from Naples, Fla., was set to enroll with the rest of Ohio State's class of 2009 during the month of June when he learned that his test score was not high enough to pass admissions at OSU.
"It's real hard, missing out on stuff with the team," Hyde said.
According to Hyde, he needs to achieve a 17 on the ACT in order to become academically eligible. He is taking classes that meet three days a week in order to help try and raise his score.
The next ACT test date in Florida is scheduled for Sept. 12 – the same day the Buckeyes will host USC for a night game at Ohio Stadium.
Asked how long it might be until he arrives at OSU, Hyde said, "I have no clue."
A four-star fullback prospect, Hyde was targeted by the OSU coaching staff as a running back in the same vein as former bruiser Chris "Beanie" Wells. As a senior, he rushed for 1,653 yards and 16 touchdowns and was named the Ft. Myers News-Press Southwest Florida player of the year in the process. He was in attendance for OSU's spring game.
Hyde said he speaks with the OSU coaching staff on a daily basis.
"They tell me to stay focused, work out and keep at it," he said.