Hyder Names his Favorite

3-star Austin linebacker Kerry Hyder has offers from schools from across the country and has narrowed down his list. He also has a visit in the works as he comes closer to making a decision. Which school is atop his favorites list? RaiderPower.com finds out...

At 6'3", 230 pounds, Kerry Hyder has the size to be a dominant defensive end at the collegiate level. But with 4.6-40 speed, he also has the ability to be effective as a linebacker. In 2007, he had 156 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and forced 5 fumbles for Austin LBJ High, which earned him All-State honors for class 4A in Texas.

Texas Tech coaches Charlie Sadler and Ruffin McNeill are hoping to bring Kerry as a defensive end for the Red Raiders, but they may use him in certain packages and as linebacker. Being able to play either position is a huge upside for the talented prospect.

"Texas Tech is recruiting me as an end. It doesn't matter to me whether I play linebacker or end. I'll play either," Hyder told us.

Kerry recently narrowed down his list of favorites, and Texas Tech and Iowa State are the two schools that came up on top, with the Red Raiders holding the upperhand.

"Texas Tech is my favorite," he enthused.

He also holds offers from Cincinnati, Utah, Minnesota, New Mexico, and UTEP.

What does the 3-star linebacker like about the Red Raiders?

"It's just a really good program, and I can see myself there."

After choosing his favorites, Kerry is ready to go one step further in his recruiting process by taking an unofficial visit to Lubbock. He plans on coming to Lubbock within the next month and is trying to work out all of the details.

"I don't have a visit set up yet because I haven't been able to get a hold of the coaches, but I'm trying to get in contact with them to set up a visit."

What aspects of his game are particularly appealing to the Texas Tech defensive staff?

"I have good hands and can get to the ball fast. This summer I'm working on my speed and hip flexibility."

As far as a timeline, Kerry is hoping to get his recruitment out of the way before his senior season, something that could be good news for Red Raiders if his upcoming visit goes well.

"I will probably make my decision before school starts," Hyder stated.

RaiderPower.com will keep you up to date on Kerry Hyder as he visits Texas Tech and finalizes his decision.

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