When SMU head coach June Jones and wide receivers coach Jason Phillips traveled down to Houston to make an in-home visit with Zelt Minor, they stopped by Lamar and offered a pair of 2014 prospects- quarterback Darrell Colbert and offensive lineman Braylon Hyder.
"It was such a great feeling to pick up my first offer, and I hope to pick up a lot more," Hyder said. "I think SMU is a great program. I don't know a whole lot about them yet, but I would like to find out more and would like to go down there for their junior day."
The fact that Jones personally offered him means a lot to Hyder, who says he enjoyed his meeting with the two SMU coaches and hopes to continue developing strong relationships with both of them.
"I really liked them. They were relaxed and laid back," he said. "I was pretty excited when they pulled me out of class to talk me. The spent a lot of time talking to Darrell, but Coach Phillips said he really liked my film and expects me to play my heart out next year. At the end of the meeting, Coach Jones offered both of us."
Hyder says he would love to go to school with Colbert as well as teammates John Bonney and Shelby Walker, who also hold SMU offers. Hyder is already trying to learn a little bit more about SMU by asking Minor and fellow 2013 commit Cedric Lancaster about the program.
"I asked Zelt and Cedric what made them choose SMU, and they said they had been play together for four years so why not make it four more years at a good school," Hyder said. "The said it was a program on the rise, and it would be great if I could join them. I would really like to play with Darrell, Bonney and Shelby too so all four of us are going to sit down soon and talk about it."
The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder originally played defensive end before making the switch to guard this past season. After two games, he transitioned to center and was a dominant force on Lamar's offensive line. Without Hyder's maturity and adaptation to a new position, Colbert is not so sure the Redskins would have advanced to the state championship.
"Bryalon got plugged in at guard and got a chance to start on offense. Then, he got moved to center and was such a big help for us," Colbert said. "Once he got in a rhythm, it was rare that he ever didn't deliver a perfect snap. Braylon was a huge piece on our team and opened up a lot of key holes."
Hyder says he yet to receive interest from any other schools but believes his recruitment will pick up soon. This offseason, Hyder, who says he's a better run blocker, wants to become a better pass blocker and hopes to improve his footwork.
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