As a sophomore, Wyatt (5-10, 220, 4.65) was seventh on the team in tackles, recording 25 solo stops with nine assists. He'll be counted on for a much bigger season in 2010 after fellow LB Wa'Derrious Sellers, the team's leading tackler, graduated and signed with Northwestern State.
"I stepped out as a sophomore," said Wyatt, "and got some good experience. I started a couple of games. This year, we'll be up for a challenge, having to replace 35 seniors. We should have more speed on defense though. We'll be good pursuing the football."
Wyatt will get a chance to impress on September 10th when Neville plays host to the defending 5A state champion West Monroe Rebels. Last year, West Monroe edged Neville 30-27 and the Rebels have plenty of offensive firepower returning, including electric QB Paul Turner and shifty RB Tyler Cain.
"That will be a challenge right there," said Wyatt of the looming battle between defending state champs. "You have to take each game at a time, but that game is also all that we've been thinking about."
Wyatt is a force in the weight room, boasting some eye-popping numbers for a Class of 2012 prospect (315-pound bench press, 410-pound squat, 310-pound power clean). His game is reminiscent of former Neville great Mark Newbill, although Wyatt is much bigger than Newbill was at that stage of his career.
"I'm a straight downfield player at linebacker," he said, "and I'm best at tackling and pursuing the ball (against the run). I can also drop back into coverage."
In addition to Wyatt, Neville will rely heavily on blue-chip DT Demarcus Hodge, DB Andrew Jackson, and QB/WR John Diarse.
In 2009, the Tigers went 13-1 and held six opponents to single-digits. In the 4A semis, Neville blanked high-powered Lutcher 42-0 and in the finals, the Tigers knocked off another offensive juggernaut in Franklinton.