February 21, 2008

Hyder ready for trip to Texas on Saturday

The Texas Longhorns made some new in-roads into East Austin earlier this month when they secured the signature of Austin LBJ wide receiver D.J. Grant. The signing of Grant marked the first time in more than a decade that the Longhorns had signed a player from the proud Jaguar program.

In an effort to extend the bridge that is starting to be built, the Longhorns aren't wasting any time in developing relationships with this year's batch of top prospects from the school, as wide receiver Jeremy Moore and linebacker Kerry Hyder are scheduled to attend Saturday's Junior Day.

For Hyder, the trip to the 40 Acres won't be his first, but he is excited about the opportunity to inspect the Longhorn program.

"I've already seen the facilities," Hyder said. "I'm really going down there because I want to develop the relationships with the coaches and, really, I just interested in seeing how things are going so far in spring workouts."

One thing that Hyder isn't likely to see this weekend is an offer from the Longhorns. According to Hyder, the Texas staff has already explained that they want to evaluate him in the spring before making a decision on whether to seriously pursue him.

"They told me that they would like to see me change my speed and change of direction if I want to play linebacker," Hyder said. "I need to improve in both of those areas."

In addition to his upcoming trip across town, Hyder also visited Texas A&M for one of their first junior days.

"It was pretty good," Hyder said. "The new defensive coordinator was there and that was real nice, but then he left. They haven't told me anything yet since that happened.

As far as favorites are concerned, Hyder indicated that he's just getting started in the recruiting process.

"I'm pretty open," Hyder said.

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