Kerry Hyder: Austin Linebacker Takes in Texas

Local LB Kerry Hyder was on hand to check out the Longhorn program during Saturday's Texas Junior Day. Hyder took in the campus, watched practice and met with coaches. When it was all said and done, did he leave with good news?

Texas has had several talented athletes on the campus in Austin during the month giving the elite athletes of the state a first-hand look at the Longhorn program.

One of those athletes was Austin LBJ linebacker Kerry Hyder. Though he was not offered at the junior day, the Longhorns still hold the top spot with the talented Hyder.

"I don't have an offer right now, but Texas, Minnesota, Texas A&M, Illinois and Arkansas have been showing me the most interest," the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Hyder said. "I didn't get offered at the junior day, but Texas is my favorite."

Hyder said he was impressed with the family atmosphere, the facilities, and the coaches.

"It really felt like home," Hyder said. "They didn't offer me, but eventually I think they will. I just have to be patient."

And according to Hyder, it is worth the wait. Hyder finished the 2007 season with 156 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions (one of which returned for a touchdown).

He plans to attend mini-camps at both Texas and Texas A&M and will go to any combines that he is invited to.

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