"In the past few days, I have gotten offers from New Mexico, Texas Tech, and UTEP. I already had an offer from Minnesota," Hyder said. "I was glad to receive one from Texas Tech because that was one of my top schools."
Hyder, who is 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, said he was talking with Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill and got to talk about his highlight video. But just to rewind things just a little bit, how did all of the interest first take place?
"Some time ago I told my coach that I was interested in Texas Tech, so he called them," Hyder said. "Within a few days, they [the Texas Tech coaches] came down to my school to meet with my coach. Then, me and Coach Ruffin were talking about my tape and he said it looked good and they extended an offer."
Hyder has kept his eye on the Red Raider program for some time now and is convinced that the program is making major moves in the Big 12 and in the nation.
"I see Texas Tech as a program that is on its way to a championship," Hyder said. "They have improved so much over the years I really like a program like that."
Even though Hyder has not made a trip to Lubbock, it is on his summer agenda. But, he said he just wants it to be an unofficial visit and not go for a camp. He does plan to camp at Texas, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma this summer.
"I want make the visit, but no workout," Hyder said. "But I want to find my way up there for an unofficial visit to check things out and see the surroundings. Really until recently, I hadn't ever talked with them on the phone. It has just been letters, so I am glad to get the chance to talk with them and get the offer."
Hyder finished the season with 153 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions (one returned for touchdown).