Terps’ offensive coordinator Walt Bell has cast a fairly wide net when it comes to 2017 signal callers, offering several since January. But Bell just landed a ’16 quarterback from Alabama and is looking to add another in next year’s recruiting class.
“Maryland offered me a few weeks back, and it was a great offer to get,” said Daulton Hyatt of the Arab School (Ala.). “It’s a school I definitely want to check out and see what it’s about. I don’t know much about them yet, but I just would like to get out there and see what it’s like.”
The Maryland staff actually offered Hyatt in the midst of their fax-machine overload on Signing Day. Indeed, the quarterback was one of several juniors UMD targeted on Feb. 3.
“I really like Coach Bell, and it meant a lot to me that he offered me on Signing Day,” Hyatt said. “That showed me that Maryland really wanted me and really thought a lot of me. It was really big for me.”
Hyatt hasn’t delved into the Bell’s playbook, but he’s very much aware of what his philosophies are. The Arab School product said he watched Arkansas State, Bell’s former employer, during its bowl game, while the coach himself has clued the gunslinger in.
“I’ve heard about Coach Bell’s offense, and I think it would fit me really well,” Hyatt said. “I don’t really know Coach Bell too well yet, but I want to get to know him more. I’m really interested in what he and Maryland have to offer. It’s a place I definitely want to see and learn more about.”
Maryland, though, is hardly the only school in pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 182-pound three-star. Louisville, Miami, Southern Miss, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Syracuse have all offered, with others in touch. Hyatt said he’s been hearing the most from Vandy, UMD and Missouri, the latter about to ante up. In addition, Duke, WVU, Mississippi State and possibly Ole Miss could be close to offering.
“The recruiting has really started to pick up,” Hyatt said. “With Signing Day over, coaches are really starting to come after me. I’ve been to Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State so far, and I’ll be getting to more. I want to get back to Vandy and then see Missouri, and then I’d like to get to Maryland; Louisville; West Virginia; and Duke.”
Vanderbilt, which has already offered, is one schools that holds Hyatt’s attention early. He liked the school’s academic reputation, as well as the staff. West Virginia is another, mainly for its offense.
“WVU stands out a lot, just because I’d feel like I’d do well in the offense and it would be a good fit,” Daulton said.
Hyatt is unsure where he’ll be headed next, but Vandy, Missouri, Maryland, Louisville, WVU and Duke are all on his radar.
“All of those schools have been showing interest,” Daulton said. “I would like to get to see them all since they’re all after me.”
Hyatt has no intentions of committing early, like many quarterbacks. He’s content to wad through the process, see what offers come in, take visits and then go from there.
The Alabaman is coming off a season where he threw for over 1,000 yards and rushed for 700. He admitted his team didn’t have a great 2015-16 campaign, although his 2014-15 was particularly strong.
“We had a great team my sophomore year,” Hyatt said. “I threw for 2,500 yards that year and we did very well.”