Mitch Hyatt is one of the top offensive linemen in the 2015 college football recruiting class, and he spoke recently about his recruitment process.
“At first, my plan was Clemson,” Hyatt said to USA TODAY Sports. “Then I started seeing more schools and I started to get uneasy about it. I went up there for my last visit, realized that was it and I committed. When I was a kid, I always watched Clemson. I’ve just always followed them, my uncle played there, they were always on TV when I was around and it’s kind of grown over time.”
It seems that it was Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney who helped to convince Hyatt that Clemson was the place for the lineman, and they should both help produce a lot of wins in the future. Hyatt even looks up to Swinney in a paternal way, which is probably not totally uncommon in the sports world. Friday Night Lights comes particularly to mind as a fictional example.
“Coach Swinney, he’s down-to-earth,” Hyatt said. “He pretty much is a father figure. He treats everyone like they are his kids from day one.”
Swinney has been helping quite a few defensive players find their way to the NFL, and it should not be any different with Hyatt. I know that I do not post quite as often about college football recruiting, but hopefully I can remedy that in the future. Thanks for reading, and Clemson Tiger fans should be quite pumped about what they should see one day from Hyatt.