Mitch Hyatt is one of the most talented offensive tackle prospects in the Class of 2015, and he's ranked among the best players in the country.
Hyatt, who comes from North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga., stands 6'5.5 and weighs in at 281 pounds. As of February 2014, he's rated as a five-star prospect by 247 Sports, Rivals and Scout, and a four-star by ESPN. The 247 Sports composite ratings list him as the third-best player in America, No. 1 among offensive tackles and No. 2 among players from the state of Georgia.
Hyatt holds 15 scholarship offers from top programs around the country. Among the schools recruiting his services: Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA and USC.
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What Makes Hyatt so coveted? A lot.
Hyatt has nice size and has the frame to eventually play at 310 or more pounds after a few years in a college strength program. He has long arms that will help to neutralize elite edge rushers and keep them at bay.
On tape, Hyatt showcases an advance blend of skills. He shows the ability to really bend at the knee and hip, get down and root out a defender.
Throughout the tape, Hyatt stays on balance, keeping his weight well distributed over his feet, and maintaining a good football position from which to deliver a block. There are very few instances in which he gets out of position and has to rely on superior athleticism to accomplish the block.
That's not to say that Hyatt lacks athleticism, just that he has good technique for a player of his age. His athleticism is excellent. Hyatt shows great acceleration in the open field to pick up smaller defenders, and can go and he mirrors well with his lateral agility and balance.
In pass protection, I agree with our Clemson site which evaluated Hyatt's footwork as "great." It really is.
Hyatt also shows a nastiness to his game, keeping his feet moving and wanting to finish off blocks with a roach or a pancake.
The biggest improvement in Hyatt's game will come in the form of more raw power when he adds muscle in the weight room. Hyatt is a no-doubt, surefire five-star offensive tackle-type prospect, and that he's cut his teeth against some of the best high school competition in the country is a nice bonus.