Mitch Hyatt is an advanced offensive line prospect from Georgia who is committed to Clemson. The Tigers have to be giddy about his arrival, as the Peach State native projects to be a good one.
Hyatt, who is 6'5.5" and 271 pounds, has a long frame that should be able to add more bulk in college. He plays with fantastic technique for a high school offensive lineman.
Hyatt bends well at the knees, which helps him stay balanced in his pass sets. As a pass-protector, he rarely loses patience with rushers and overextends, often choosing to be deliberate with his punch. When he does strike, Hyatt gets good extension and slides well with opponents when engaged.
He also has great vision in the trenches—he's not fooled often by stunts and twists. Hyatt can also locate blitzing defenders after the snap.
He has good toughness as a run-blocker, yet he projects to be a wall-off type in this area. Hyatt can reach second-level defenders in and out of track on running plays, and he always works his way into good positioning to execute his assignments.
Getting stronger and more powerful to anchor as a pass-protector and move defenders with more authority has to be Hyatt's main objective. He could play across the offensive line at Clemson.
Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote on Feb. 14:
Clemson needs difference-makers along the offensive line. This is an area the Tigers have struggled to recruit and develop over the years, so landing Hyatt, who has a great frame to fill out and impressive technique, could solve their left tackle needs for three or four years once he's ready.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.