Hyatt's building a top five

Everyone wants Mitch Hyatt. He is one of the premiere offensive tackles in the country regardless of class and he is building his top five. He knows two schools for sure, a couple others are being strongly considered, and you can get the latest here...

When Scout released its 2015 Scout 300 a couple of weeks ago, Mitch Hyatt was the top junior out of the Southeast. That is saying a lot due to the talent pool in that region.

In 2012, Hyatt went up against Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 prospect in the country and Hyatt not only held his own, but he won that battle with a prospect two years older than him.

Since then, he has picked up offers from schools coast to coast and the top junior is starting to put together his list of favorites.

"Clemson and Ohio State are definitely in my top five and I working on the others right now," Hyatt said. "Those are the two I know for sure. They are both high on my list."

Hyatt has a family connection to Clemson and the state of Ohio.

His uncle, Dan Benish played defensive tackle for the Clemson Tigers and his mother is from Ohio.

"Every time I go to Clemson, it feels like family, and it feels like I belong there. I love the environment, the community, the coaches, and it feels great to be there."

Hyatt spent Saturday night at Clemson where he saw the Tigers beat Georgia 38-35 in a great environment.

His last visit to Ohio State was over the summer when things were a little quieter, but he liked what he saw there too."

"At Ohio State, I like the overall school, the coaches, and it is a really nice place. My mom is from Ohio and I still have some cousins there, so I have some connection up there. The Ohio State has a top program and the school is very good too."

A couple of SEC schools are right there trying to make Hyatt's top five. The 6-foot-5, 271 pound junior out of Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett visited both schools quietly over the summer.


Hyatt has great feet and long arms.
"Auburn and Georgia are in it too. I am still sorting through the different schools and trying to figure it all out, but I know I like those two as well.

"The Auburn coaches were great when I went over there and I like that they won a national title a few years ago with Cameron Newton.

"At Georgia, I have been there a couple of times and I have a good connection with Coach [Will] Friend (Offensive Line).

"I will probably get to games at Auburn and Georgia this season."

So two of the No. 4 junior in the country's top five are set with two other schools being in good shape right now.

He will take as many unofficial visits to games this fall as he can looking to see where he may fit in the best. By this time next year, the five-star could be committed.

"I think I will commit in the summer before the season starts next year, but that is not for certain," Hyatt said. "I haven't really decided yet, but that is something I have thought about. I would like to be committed before my senior year if I can be."

When asked what he is looking for in a school, Hyatt said, "It will be about the academics and how I feel at that school. I want to be comfortable, so that and the education will be keys for me."

North Gwinnett is 2-0 and they are off this week, but they will play 2012 state champion Norcross on September 13.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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