Braylon Hyder is a man of his word.
The 2014 Houston Lamar center committed to SMU back in March and despite receiving an offer from UTEP and interest from Houston, Hyder says his verbal remains strong.
"It's still solid. The big thing for me is the relationship I have with the coaching staff. They were on me first and stay in good contact with me," Hyder said. "Coach (Jason) Phillips congratulates me after games, and Coach (Wes) Suan is really excited about having me too. They just make me feel like family."
Another reason Hyder is so high on SMU is the fact that Phillips has established a pipeline at Houston Lamar. The 2013 class featured Zelt Minor and Cedric Lancaster while the 2014 class not only features Hyder but also Darrell Colbert and Shelby Walker.
Hyder is excited about the opportunity to play with his high school teammates at the next level and has been in contact with Minor to get more information about the culture on the Hilltop.
"I haven't talked to Cedric, but Zelt told me he's liking it up there. He told me that there is a big difference between high school and college but that the coaches really want to help you to get better," Hyder said. "Me and Darrell are both excited about going up there together. We talk about it all the time."
Colbert was on campus last weekend for an unofficial visit, but Hyder was unable to join him. The two-star prospect does hope to attend a game later this fall but is ‘not sure' if he will be able to.
Hyder plans on making his official visit after his senior season and hopes to get a more in-depth look at the campus.
"From what I saw last time, the campus is beautiful and academic wise, it's one of the best schools in the nation so I'm just excited about learning more," he said. "Moving to Dallas is going to be great because it's a big city so it won't be too different from Houston.
"I haven't been to a game, but I've been keeping up with them on TV. I saw them play TCU and Texas Tech. I really focused on the offensive line. They made some mistakes, but you're not always going to have perfect games. I feel like I can fit in there and make an early impact."
Hyder is certainly having a major impact for Houston Lamar this season. The Redskins are undefeated and are coming off a 71-21 win over Houston Westside.
"It's my second year playing center so I feel more comfortable. I feel like I've gotten a lot better," Hyder said. "As far as the team, we're really looking to make a statement. We want to let people know that we have unfinished business to take care of. I believe we can definitely get back to state and win it this time."
Hyder Still Solid
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