Mitch Hyatt, from North Gwinnett HS in Suwanee GA, ended his recruitment by pledging to Clemson for the 2015 class. Hyatt is rated the #1 Offensive Tackle in the nation, #2 player in Georgia, and #13 player in the nation in the first set of 2015 rankings. Needless to say he's been offered by everyone, and is the best damn offensive tackle Clemson has had committed in my years following Clemson's recruiting.
Hyatt (6'5, 258) is a legacy. To my knowledge his mother went to Clemson, and we do know that his uncle, Dan Benish, was a DT on the 1981 team, and he took him to Clemson games when he was little.
Hyatt has the frame to put on muscle, his footwork is great, he's got good length and knee bend, and he uses his leverage. He keeps his pads low. You can tell that Benish and others have coached him really well. He's a real athlete playing Tackle instead of a big fat kid. He basically does everything well. Hyatt neutralized Robert Nkemdiche in a head to head matchup last November, as a sophomore, knocking Grayson out of the playoffs.
Hyatt will need to gain weight and strength to play at the next level, but that's a problem I'm thankful to have. Usually we can't fix them when they come in too big. #Batson'd.
I think we can give the credit to his family more than any other single thing, but we have had legacies or those with special circumstances like this who we have failed to get many times (we should have Jay Rome, Mr Pearman). So we do give credit to Tony Elliott, the lead recruiter for this area, as well as Caldwell and The Chad. There is another legacy, Andrew Butcher, the son of Brian Butcher (78-82), who we don't even want to offer and who is a 4-star WDE in Alpharetta, GA. Butcher is currently committed to Tennessee, which was his father's dream school before signing with Clemson in 1978.