We found out the other day that Benilde St. Margaret’s Kicker and Northstar Football News #ForTheBrand Prospect Louis Hyde has committed to continue his academic and football career at the University of St. Thomas here in St. Paul. We got the chance to chat with him on what impacted his decision to play at St. Thomas next year and what went along with his decision.
What Sold Hyde on St. Thomas
Hyde told Northstar Football News it went down to what he saw on his recruiting visit to St. Thomas. “The main thing that impacted my decision was how much I liked all of the guys on the team that I met during my recruiting visit,” Hyde said about the impact of his recruiting visit at UST. Hyde also told us he would have a good chance to get playing time and compete for the starting job within his first year in the program which made Hyde, even more, hyped to join the Tommies. Hyde also credited the business school at St. Thomas, as he stated he’s looking forward to getting an outstanding education along with four more years of the great game of football.
St. Thomas Won The Recruiting Trail All Along
Hyde said other MIAC programs were recruiting him, but no one could catch up to what the Tommies were offering to him since they were the first to start recruiting Hyde about 3-4 months ago. Hyde said even with the other interest, he was sold on the Tommies for about the last month or so before he committed.
Football Adjustments: High School vs. College
Hyde’s biggest adjustment he told us was “to be more consistent” on every kick. A program like St. Thomas who currently is Division III but more than likely will move up to Division II or Division I here in the coming years said consistency will be a big key to his future success with the Tommies.
Family, Friends and Alumni Ties to St. Thomas
Hyde said there have been many people that have impacted his commitment to St. Thomas, but no one more than his grandfather Bruce Reinhart who played quarterback for the Tommies back in the 1960s. “He always wanted me to play there,” Louis told Northstar Football News. Hyde’s family and his close friends always kind of knew that he would end up at St. Thomas in the end.
Congratulations to Louis Hyde and the St. Thomas Tommies football program for landing one of the top specialists in the metro!