May 25, 2012 5:46 PM by Kyle Scott
The Kentucky football team didn't have to go far to find their first recruit. At 6 foot 2, 300-plus pounds, Jacob Hyde could be on the starting defensive line as a Sophomore if he continues to work hard -- something he's accustomed to.
Success didn't come easy, or overnight, for the SEC bound lineman.
"A lot of growing pains," Jacob admits, "I could barely do one push-up. God's honest truth."
Now he's bench pressing 425 pounds which upsets him, because he knows he could do more. Jacob is always trying to do more and not just for himself, but for his community.
"To have a kid going to Kentucky to represent not only our community, but represent our High School and our program is something words can't express," Head Coach Evan Napier said.
That type of support motivates Jacob to prove to the doubters that he's the real deal.
"Some people say I'm too big and too slow," Jacob said, "I'm going to work harder and show why I'm going to Kentucky."