BEAUMONT, Texas — After turning down offers from Arizona, Louisiana Tech and Colorado State among other's, Woodville's JaCorey Hyder has committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

"When I visited there, they felt like family," Hyder said. "They treated me well and it seems like a good fit for me."

The three-star recruit, who was one of seven recent verbal pledges to the 2021 class, will be playing under first year head coach and three-time Texas high school football state champion, Jeff Traylor.

"We had conversations before he went there (UTSA) and I just like him as a person," Hyder said. "He's trying to build up something special and I think we can do that."

Under Traylor, Hyder hopes his new coach can help him take the next step and bring something out of him that not even he has seen.

"I'm hoping he'll bring that dog out in me," Hyder said. "I want him to transform me into something better."

Though he'll have to wait another year before he officially becomes a Roadrunner, Hyder knows this would have never been possible without the help of Woodville head coach, Ty Robinson.

"Throughout the recruiting process, coach has been taking me school to school, traveling to places and getting noticed," Hyder said. "He not only helps me but my teammates as well. That's what I love about coach Rob. He wants us to get exposed to different things so we can experience it and be good in the future."

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