10 Recruits Who Could Join 5-Star OT Mitch Hyatt at Clemson
At nearly 6'6" and more than 270 pounds, the Peach State prospect has outstanding technique, patience, vision, strength and is an above-average athlete. There's no reason why Hyatt cannot develop into an All-ACC left tackle for the Tigers.
He's the kind of recruit Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney can build his 2015 class around, as many recruits will want to play with a talent like Hyatt. Here's a few potential prospects who may end up joining him.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
Johnathan Sutton, OLB
Although he's undersized for a linebacker at 6'0" and 215 pounds, Johnathan Sutton is one of the better defensive prospects in South Carolina.
He has fantastic speed and range from the flanks, plus Sutton possesses outstanding vision and ball-location skills. His speed and athleticism also help him in coverage, where the Palmetto State native can be a factor against passing plays.
Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee and North Carolina State are the 4-star prospect's top schools, according to 247Sports.
Jalen Dalton, DE
At 6'5" and 220 pounds, Jalen Dalton is a long-framed 4-star defensive end from North Carolina. With his great first-step quickness off the edge, he would provide Clemson with another talented pass-rusher to develop.
Dalton isn't the strongest player one will see on tape, but he does have the toughness to hold up versus running plays. Clemson will have to beat out schools such as North Carolina, Michigan, Duke and Florida State for Dalton, according to 247Sports.
Zack Bailey, OG
Zack Bailey is a powerful 4-star guard who is 6'5" and 307 pounds. An in-state prospect for Clemson, Bailey gets the job done in the trenches by using his size and strength to push around defensive linemen.
He has adequate quickness at the snap, but Bailey plays big at the point of attack. He has heavy hands when punching, plus he can sit and anchor versus bull-rushers.
Clemson and Oregon are his top schools right now, according to 247Sports.
Jahvoni Simmons, LB
At 6'1" and 225 pounds, Jahvoni Simmons has made a name for himself as a physical and hard-hitting linebacker. The Virginia native is a 4-star prospect who can play anywhere in the country.
Simmons fills alleys with good strength, and he can challenge lead-blockers with toughness. He explodes in short areas in the box to close on the ball, plus he's no slouch in coverage.
Clemson, Tennessee, Old Dominion and Virginia are standing out for him, per 247Sports.
Garrett Williams, TE/DE
An Orlando native, 4-star prospect Garrett Williams can play tight end or defensive end. He works with good strength and awareness at both positions, plus he's a better athlete than people think.
Williams, who is 6'4" and 220 pounds, has good speed and first-step quickness at the snap on offense and defense. He also appears to play with good fundamentals and technique at both of his prospective positions.
Florida State and Clemson are his leaders, according to 247Sports.
Marcus Lewis, DB/WR
Marcus Lewis plays mostly at cornerback for his high school squad right now, but don't be surprised to see him at safety in college. Lewis has good speed, but his skill set is better suited for the seams.
The Washington, D.C., native is 6'1" and 187 pounds, and he loves being feisty and aggressive on the field. Lewis always seems to find the football no matter how turned around he gets, plus he doesn't mind helping in the box versus running plays.
The former Virginia Tech pledge has the Hokies and Clemson among his top schools, says 247Sports.
Jake Fruhmorgen, OT
Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., is one of the better high school programs in the state of Florida. Among its top players this year will be 4-star offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen, who is 6'5" and 280 pounds.
Fruhmorgen gets out of his stance easily with quickness and agility. He can be used to get on linebackers on the second level, plus he battles hard as a pass-protector. Fruhmorgen needs to get stronger, but he's a productive player who should develop into a contributor in college.
Alabama, Clemson and Florida are his leaders, according to 247Sports.
Blake Alderman of InsideTheGators.com (subscription required) wrote on Feb. 26:
A decision for the Sunshine state tackle will need to come sooner rather than later as he plans to enroll in college early. With his timetable moving faster, Fruhmorgen plans to shut things down before his senior season.
Ricky DeBerry, LB
Ricky DeBerry is a linebacker who is going to be coveted by several schools. At 6'2.5", 245 pounds, he combines great size with solid athleticism and vision.
DeBerry doesn't seem to panic versus misdirection, and he has excellent range. He can track running backs sideline to sideline, plus he displays a sharp surge to finish on the ball when closing.
Clemson is involved with other schools such as Baylor, Florida, North Carolina and Michigan State for DeBerry, per 247Sports.
Shy Tuttle, DT
At 6'3" and 315 pounds, Shy Tuttle looks like a college defensive lineman right now. He also has great strength at the point of attack to hold his own in the trenches.
Players with Tuttle's size, strength and deceptive quickness do not come around often. Whoever lands the 5-star defensive tackle will be getting a player who can make an immediate impact.
The North Carolina native has Alabama and UNC out in front, but Clemson is also in the mix, according to 247Sports.
George Campbell, WR/ATH
A 5-star athlete, George Campbell likely will play receiver in college. The Florida native possesses exceptional athleticism and movement skills, plus he's one of the fastest players in the country.
Campbell, who is 6'3" and 184 pounds, can stretch the field on the perimeter with his speed. He's an elite playmaker who is elusive and dangerous with the ball in the open field.
Safety is also a possibility for Campbell, but receiver looks like his best position right now. The former Michigan commit has Clemson and Florida out in front, says 247Sports.