Manchester (Ky.) Clay County defensive tackle Jacob Hyde grew up rooting for Kentucky and when he committed to the Wildcats he called it a dream come true. As a fan and as a recruit, Hyde is very happy about the school's decision to hire former Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops as its next head coach - with one small caveat.
"I'm still committed and I still want to go to Kentucky," Hyde said. "The only thing I'm worrying about now is whether they're still going to honor my commitment."
Hyde, who first committed to Kentucky back in March, said he's had recent conversations Miami (Ohio) and Mississippi State, but his No. 1 priority is to talk to Stoops about his status with the school.
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"I hope I hear from them and everything sounds right," he said. "If it sounds OK I'll go up and meet them and introduce myself and meet Coach Stoops in person."
Hyde admitted that when the news broke early in the day on Tuesday, he didn't exactly know much about Stoops.
"At first I didn't know anything about him," Hyde said. "But after I read about him he sounds like he has good bloodlines and a good background."
As a fan, Hyde said he's excited to see where Stoops takes the program. As a recruit, he's just hoping to be a part of it.
"He seems like the type of coach that will grab the bull by the horns," Hyde said. "And that's what we need to turn this program around."