Braylon Hyder: 'SMU Is Still My No. 1'

Houston Lamar center Braylon Hyder recently visited Texas A&M but still has SMU on top. Come inside to find out why!

Braylon Hyder was thought to be a lock to commit to SMU after teammates Darrell Colbert and Shelby Walker pulled the trigger last month.

But the Houston Lamar center decided to wait and is now receiving interest from multiple BCS programs including Texas A&M.

"Texas A&M was great. I loved the facilities," Hyder said after attending junior day. "We got to watch practice, and I picked some interesting things up. The campus was big, but it was great. I really enjoyed it there."

Although Hyder walked away without an offer, the Texas A&M staff will be by his school to evaluate him this spring. But for now, SMU still remains his top school.

"SMU is still my No. 1 school right now because it's a great school," he said. "They were also the first team to offer me and that means a lot. When I got that offer, I was calling and texting everyone so it means a lot to me."

Colbert has tried to sway Hyder towards SMU but ultimately the decision will be his, and Hyder wants it to be the right one.

"I've talked to Darrell about it a lot. He told me that he would love for me to play with him but to pick SMU just because he did," Hyder said. "It would be great to play with him and Shelby, but I want to make sure I'm 100 percent sure when I commit."

Even if Hyder decided he wanted to join his teammates at SMU, he would have a tough time doing so. After all, the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder just can't seem to get in touch with his recruiter and SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips.

"I haven't heard from him at all. Every time I call, he doesn't answer," Hyder said. "I've wanted to talk to him about things since my teammates committed. I guess I just don't call at the right times. I did get to talk to him at junior day though. He told me about the academics and stuff."

But Hyder doesn't plan on picking a school until the summer and would like to make trips to California, Boise State and Wisconsin before the school year comes to an end.

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