While many observers felt the Class of 2008 linebacker crop in the state of Texas was thin, the Class of 2009 appears to be much stronger. That bodes well for the new staff at Texas A&M that is transitioning from the 4-2-5 back to more traditional defensive sets which utilizes more linebackers. One of the top prospects in the state is Austin LBJ linebacker Kerry Hyder, who attended the Aggies' first junior day event on Saturday.
"It was a good time," Hyder said. "The coaches seemed very enthusiastic and determined to get things turned around at A&M. They made me feel very comfortable."
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect came off a successful junior season with 153 tackles and six sacks, but even though Austin LBJ advanced into the playoffs, Hyder still feels the sting of the 17-14 overtime loss to Rosenberg Lamar at Kyle Field in the state quarterfinals.
"I know a lot of the guys really liked going down on Kyle Field and checking it out," Hyder said. "It's a great stadium, but for me it brought back a lot of memories of that loss. It was a tough one."
The Austin product is already getting a lot of interest from high Division I programs having been invited to junior days at Texas A&M, Texas, OU, and Texas Tech to name a few. Asked about his strengths on the field, Hyder says it's all about getting to the ball and making plays.
"I feel I'm good at reading defenses and anticipating where the ball is going," Hyder said. "I'm able to react quickly to what happens on the field and use my speed to get there."
The highly-touted prospect was impressed with the A&M position coaches and their experience and knowledge of the game at both the college and pro level.
"It's impressive to know some of these coaches have developed some of the best players in the NFL," Hyder said. "I broke out into the linebacker session, and had a chance to talk with their linebacker coach. He really knows what he's doing."
Hyder plans on attending the Texas camp on February 23, but probably won't have time to attend any other junior day events. He listed Texas A&M, Texas, OU, and Illinois as his top schools right now and he does not have a leader at this point. However, he would like to make a decision sooner rather than later so he can focus on a state title run his senior season.
"Hopefully, if I'm comfortable with my options I'd like to make a decision sometime around September," Hyder said. "We should've won state last year and I want to focus all my attention on getting there next season."
Junior linebacker visits A&M
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