- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
The Houston Lamar pipeline continues at SMU.
Interior lineman Braylon Hyder became the fifth commitment of SMU’s 2014 recruiting class Monday night. Hyder, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound lineman, is the third Lamar player of the class and the fifth Lamar player in the last two classes for the Mustangs. Hyder joins quarterback Darrell Colbert Jr. and receiver Shelby Walker in this class, and the trio will team up with 2013 signees Zelt Minor and Cedric Lancaster, a defensive end and cornerback, respectively.
Hyder, who had been a heavy SMU lean for weeks, officially gave the Mustangs his pledge over considerable interest from Texas A&M and Wisconsin. He was recruited by SMU assistant coach Jason Phillips -- the same player who has recruited the other Lamar players.
“I feel great. I don’t know how to explain it,” said Hyder, an all-district and all-region center for Lamar. “Getting to sit down and talk about it with my parents made it a lot easier. I just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision, and I think I made a great decision.”
Hyder was a key offensive member on a Lamar team that advanced to the Texas Class 5A Division I state championship game. He visited SMU last month and wanted to commit after the visit but decided to weigh all options first.
“I was fascinated by the great changes I’m going to go through,” he said. “The size of the school just fit me. I loved it.”
As for reuniting with all of his high school teammates in 2014, Hyder said it’s something he’s looking forward to.
“Knowing I’ll be able to play with them another four or five years, that’ll be great,” he said. “Them being there, it did have some effect on my decision.”
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