Hyatt picks Clemson

SUWANEE, Ga. - Mitch Hyatt is an offensive lineman. Finding a place in the spotlight is one of the last things on his list of priorities.

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But he didn't mind stepping out of his comfort zone for a few minutes on Wednesday night in front of teammates, family, friends, fans and a horde of media to announce his commitment to Clemson.

For Hyatt, the decision to go public with his choice was simple. He wanted to turn his efforts elsewhere -- his senior season at North Gwinnett High School.

"I just wanted to get it out of the way, push it to the side and just focus on next year, making myself a better teammate," he said.

Hyatt opted to make a Clemson commitment after considering a slew of offers, including Ohio State and Georgia. The decision to pick the Tigers over the Dawgs and Buckeyes was made last weekend.

"I went on a tour at Clemson's Junior Day this past Saturday and I didn't know too much about the academics," he said. "I really got a feel for that and it was unbelievable."

On paper, he can't get much higher. Rated by as a five-star prospect, he's ranked as the No. 1 player at the position in the class of 2015.

"It's nice that I don't have to think about it anymore," he said. "I can just think about next year and getting better."

North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire is thrilled that Hyatt was only committing on Wednesday, not signing a letter of intent.

"We're blessed that he is recognized as one of the premier recruits in the nation," Sphire said. "Some recruiting services have him as the No. 1 recruit in Georgia. Some even suggest that he's the No. 1 recruit in the nation.

"I don't know how you decide those things. I just know he's great for North Gwinnett and he's great for North Gwinnett football. That's all I really care about right now." Top Stories