Teammates turned enemies

SUWANEE, Ga. - If everything goes according to plan, there will come a day when North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire will see two of his former players going head-to-head.

It will be a conflict of interest that Sphire looks forward to watching play out on the fields in Death Valley and Williams-Brice.

On Wednesday, junior offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt committed to Clemson. Earlier in the day, his teammate, senior defensive end Dante Sawyer, signed to play at South Carolina.

"That will be very interesting, and in the most intense game of their season," Sphire said. "That's the kind of competitors they are. They'll be all about their teams. Then, they'll love on each other after the game, but not during the game."

As a senior, Sawyer logged 49 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and three sacks. Scout.com rates him as a four-star and ranked him the No. 24 defensive end in the class of 2014.

Hyatt, a five-star, is the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2015. He's also the No. 3 overall prospect in the country.

"They've gone against each other a lot," Sphire said.

Sawyer looks forward to what might be.

"It's going to be fun, because he knows most of my moves and what I like to do to get to the football from practicing," he said, "So it's going to be pretty fun."

Like just about everyone else who's watched Hyatt play, Sawyer's impressed with his former teammate.

"Mitch is a very physical kind of guy," Sawyer said. "He's the kind of guy that every college coach wants on his team, a very quiet, laid-back type of guy."

Their future matchups will be anything but that.

"I'll probably line up over him, so we'll see how that goes," Sawyer said.

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