Whoever Kentucky's next coach is, he'll have a big defensive tackle to build around.
Jacob Hyde (Manchester, Ky./Clay County), a 6-foot-2, 315-pound prospect, said he is still committed to the Wildcats despite coach Joker Phillips' firing on Sunday.
"It was a surprise," Hyde said of Phillips' dismissal after a 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt that dropped Kentucky to 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the SEC. "It hurt to see him go. He and the coaching staff treated me like a [current Kentucky] player."
Hyde committed to Kentucky in March. He is the third highest-rated commitment in the 'Cats' 2013 class.
"I'm still committed," Hyde said. I bleed blue. I didn't commit for a coaching staff. I love this place. It's my home."
Since he committed, Hyde said Mississippi State, Missouri and Georgia Tech have continued to recruit him. None of those schools has offered him a scholarship, possibly because he has been firmly committed to Kentucky. Hyde said he still wouldn't waver from his Kentucky commitment even if those schools did offer him a scholarship.
When asked what kind of coach he'd like Kentucky to hire, Hyde said, "A coach that's up front and real, that doesn't beat around the bush."