Mitch Hyatt, who attracted attention from several top programs and is widely regarded as the top offensive tackle prospect in the 2015 class, has committed to Clemson. It's a major early signing for the Tigers.
Will Vandervort of theclemsoninsider.com passed along word of the rising star's decision:
Hyatt is a 5-star prospect and holds the No. 2 overall ranking in next year's class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. The site lists 18 programs as showing interest in the offensive tackle before he made his decision.
The Georgia native has all the tools. He's shown advanced ability in both pass protection and run blocking. He also has good length and athleticism to go along with quick feet, which will be essential as he starts moving up the ranks.
Hyatt does need to keep working to fill out his frame, though. 247Sports lists him at just 271 lbs. While that's not yet a major concern since he still has another entire year to add size, it's something that will probably be monitored closely as he moves closer to the college game.
Otherwise, it's easy too see why there was so much initial hype. The technique is there, the understanding of the position is evident and he's got all the skills recruiters look for in a tackle.
Instead of allowing the process to drag out, he felt comfortable enough to commit early. Each prospect handles the situation differently. Some like to eliminate the potential distraction while others seek to explore every option before making the call.
Kerry Capps of OrangeAndWhite.com reports Hyatt is the nephew of former Clemson defense lineman Dan Benish, who offered up advice throughout the process:
He just shares what went on when he was going through the same process. He gives me advice. He tells me not to stress out. He says to find a place where I will feel comfortable for four years. He’s not really pushing Clemson on me or anything. He just wants the best for me.
Where Hyatt will land in the final rankings heading into next year's signing day is unclear. But there's no reason to believe he'll suffer any kind of significant drop given his raw athletic ability and solid blocking skills he's put on display.
As long as he continues to add strength and fills out his frame, he should have little trouble living up to the high expectations. Getting a prospect of his caliber locked up so early in the process is certainly a major step in the right direction for the 2015 class.
All told, Hyatt is definitely a player to watch moving forward.