One of the nations top tailbacks coming out of Naples High [Fla.] in 2009, Hyde was forced to attend Fork Union Military Academy because he did not qualify academically.
After taking an official visit to Ohio State this past weekend, Hyde is now set to be a Buckeye as he has been admitted to the university.
"I had a great visit at Ohio State last weekend, and it was even better than my last visit," Hyde exclaimed. "Jordan Hall was my host and we had a lot of fun. I met with all the coaches and they're excited for me to get up there. I had such a better feeling for Ohio State this time, because I saw a lot more of the campus and talked to more of the players."
Hyde spent time in conversation with both head coach Jim Tressel, and running back's coach Dick Tressel.
"The coaches are really happy to have me and that makes me feel great," Hyde said. "Jim Tressel told me they are going to use me the way they used Beanie Wells a few years ago. Dick Tressel told me they really are looking for me to fill the role of a big back, but they are not going to play me at fullback. They were pleased with my conditioning, and they were happy with what my coach had told them about my work ethic."
Hyde, 6-foot-1, 230-pounds, feels he's a better athlete at this point of his career than at any time in the past.
"I learned a lot about hard work over the past few months," Hyde admitted. "I did a lot of supervised work and I did a lot on my own. I'm in far better physical condition today than when I was in high school. I'm looking forward to getting up there and learning everything about the offense."
"I'm going to be there in January and I'm coming in looking to earn playing time," he said emphatically. "I spoke to Boom Herron about how things go at Ohio State, and he said the best players play, so I need to prove I'm one of the best guys. I love the Ohio State offense and I think I can add a lot to what they try to do offensively."
Hyde will be the only member of the 2010 recruiting class enrolling early and he will have four years of eligibility remaining.