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September 26, 2012

3-star DT solid despite UK struggles

While some recruits get nervous when their school gets off to a rough start and coaching rumors being to circulate, three-star Manchester (Ky.) defensive tackle Jacob Hyde has no doubts about where he'll be going.

"I bleed blue," Hyde said of his commitment to Kentucky. "There's not doubt about that. I've grown up as a Kentucky fan my whole life."

Hyde says he's status is so solid, that he's not even hearing from other schools anymore. He's shifted his full focus to leading Mayfield to the playoffs.

"I'm trying to be a role model and a leader a senior," said Hyde, who is playing defensive tackle on defense and right tackle on offense. "We're probably the most physical team in our district so it can wear on you but you just gotta keep going."

Hyde has attended both of Kentucky's home games this season as an unofficial visitor, and said that if he takes an official visit during the year it will be for the Samford game on Nov. 17.

When asked if Kentucky's rough start to the year or if a potential coaching change might worry him or influence his through process, Hyde had a simple answer.

"It doesn't worry me, not at all," Hyde said.

Instead of worry, Hyde is focused on making his childhood dream of playing for Kentucky a reality.

"It's making a dream a reality," Hyde said. "Not many kids can say they've done that."

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