March 4, 2013

Hyatt a big-time 2015 prospect



SUWANEE - North Gwinnett offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt is only a sophomore, but because he doesn't play like one, he isn't being treated like one.

In the second round of the GHSA AAAAAA playoffs, Hyatt and his North Gwinnett teammates faced off against Grayson and the nations consensus top prospect for the 2012 class, Robert Nkemdiche.

Instead of game planning against the five-star defensive end, North Gwinnett Head Coach Bob Sphire trusted his star sophomore to get the job done.

Hyatt more than held his own.

"We just decided to let Mitch do his thing," said Sphire. "We felt like he could handle it, and he did."

Since then, program after program has come after Hyatt, and he now holds double-digit offers.

All the attention, however, comes with its challenges.

"It's a good feeling," Hyatt said of all the early attention. "It is hard to keep up with all the college coaches and try to keep them updated."

Hyatt claims no leader at this time, but due to a family connection, Clemson has already built a strong relationship with the blue chip underclassman.

"I just have a strong connection because my uncle (Dan Benish) used to go there (Clemson) so I've gotten to go to a lot of games and meet a lot of people," he said. "So it is like family there and that sort of thing."

Taking visits isn't something that Hyatt has had the chance to do much of at this point, but he has made one trip to Georgia and the Bulldog coaching staff made a solid impression as well.

"I've been there (UGA) once," Hyatt said. "I really like the facilities. I like the Head Coach. I like the coaching staff. It's a nice place."

The time will inevitably come when Hyatt will start taking frequent visits and start to narrow things down.

At that point, the 2015 prospect knows what he will be looking for in the school of his choice.

"I would say mostly academics and their work ethic and how they treat academics," he said.

Despite all the attention from big time schools, Hyatt admits that he doesn't plan on turning his attention to his recruitment any time soon.

"Right now I'm just focused on this upcoming year," he said. "I think next year is going to be a real turning point on where I'm going to make my decision and where I want to go. This year I'm kind of just feeling everything out."

When it comes to giving a school some good news, he says that could come sooner, or later.

Hyatt just isn't quite sure.

"I'm hoping I can make it at the beginning of my senior year," Hyatt said. "If not, just sign on Signing Day or commit before that."

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