While many people are busy critiquing Clemson's 2014 recruiting class in the wake of National Signing Day, Dabo Swinney is already making strides in his 2015 class.
One of the bigger pieces he's already managed to get a commitment from is 5-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, who announced his decision a year ahead of his National Signing Day, despite having offers from 14 other schools. Hyatt was being recruited from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina and other top football programs.
However, Hyatt had family ties to the Tigers and they were his favorites from day one.
Scout.com's recruiting analyst Chad Simmons raves about Hyatt in his report, and says "he is beyond his years fundamentally and he has a very good understanding of the game."
Simmons does say that Hyatt needs to add more strength and size--something that should come easily once he becomes fully committed to football (he plays basketball in high school).
Both Rivals.com and Scout.com peg Hyatt as one of the top prospects in the nation. Rivals lists him as the No. 1 offensive tackle of the 2015 class, and Scout has him just one spot lower at No. 2. Rivals also pegs Hyatt as the No. 13 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 2 prospect out of the state of Georgia.
The 6-5, 265-pound lineman plays his high school ball at North Gwinnett High, in Suwanee, Ga., and joins a 2015 Clemson class with five other players. Hyatt becomes the highest-ranked player of the current group, which includes four 3-star players and Shadell Bell, a 4-star wide receiver who's also from Georgia.
Hyatt told TigerIllustrated.com that the program addressed any doubts he might have had and that he was comfortable with his decision.
"I learned everything I need to about the academics and more," said Hyatt, who wants to major in engineering. "I was impressed. It just felt comfortable."
Be sure to check out the video below to get an idea of what Hyatt can do on the field: