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Dawg Post Quick Thoughts: Devante Wyatt

Dawg Post gives you an a quick update on the newest Georgia Bulldog commit, 2017 defensive tackle prospect Devonte Wyatt.

The Bulldogs received big news on Tuesday when Towers (GA) lineman Devante Wyatt flipped his verbal commitment from South Carolina to Georgia. Wyatt is a three-star prospect and the No. 15-ranked defensive tackle in the South. This is positive for the Bulldogs on a bigger scale because it was important they added another solid defensive tackle in this class.  The DT group in 2017 is not nearly as good as the bunch in the 2016 class, and Georgia's major target, Lee Count's Aubrey Solomon, is currently committed to Michigan.  The Bulldogs will keep recruiting hard after Solomon, but it was clear they needed to look at other options. Wyatt committed to South Carolina on June 3rd, but after the Bulldogs decided to start recruiting a little harder, they were able to flip him two months later. 

On film, what stands out most about Wyatt is the speed he has for his size. At 6-foot-3 298-pounds, Wyatt showed great quickness and the ability to chase down a ball carrier from behind.  He plays hard, doesn't give up on plays, and has a true motor.  Not only is his speed impressive, but he has good strength and the ability to rush the passer as well.  He's so disruptive and can get into the backfield in the blink of an eye. He shows the ability to muscle through double teams, but can also run someone down towards the sideline.

Wyatt has no trouble stopping the run either. Playing mostly at defensive end last year, Wyatt closed running games well inside, and contained the edge when the run was going outside.  He has strong hands does a nice job of pushing the opposing lineman backwards, disrupting the play and forcing it elsewhere. He's a large defensive end as he's still in high school, but as he continues to get stronger, he has the potential to be a very unique defensive tackle at the collegiate level. He needs to continue adding good weight and muscle, but he definitely has the quickness and motor that can give opposing lineman trouble. Wyatt could be his best being lined up by a next to a bigger tackle is the situation occurs. Wyatt still has the size and skills to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, but might be his best as a defensive tackle with three other down lineman. He's athletic and still has so much to learn from a technique standpoint. With the right coaching, Wyatt could be a serious player in Athens down the road. There is a chance we look at this class in February and call Wyatt the biggest steal.


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