Mitch Hyatt is a Tiger.
The nation's top-rated offensive lineman for the class of 2015 committed to Clemson Wednesday night at North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga.
"I'd like to thank my familiy for being there for me to support my decision," Hyatt said. "The reason for the early commitment is I just wanted to get it over with so I can focus on the next season. Focus on winning a state championship next year. I just want to focus on next year and be able to be with my teammates and have some fun."
Hyatt, the nephew of former Clemson star Dan Benish, chose the Tigers over numerous national offers. His head coach wasn't surprised at all with the early pick or reasoning.
"Clemson is getting a great young man and a great player," North coach Bob Sphire said. "They can't have him yet...He's been well ahead of the curve in terms of visiting schools over the last year and going to games and going to junior days as a sophomore because everybody was ahead of the curve recruiting him. He's had ample time to go about the evaluations.
"He's very comfortable with his decision. It's very comforting to know that his No. 1 motivation is to his teammates, where he and his team can focus on next fall, North Gwinnett's season. Not Clemson's. That'll happen two years from now. It's all about North Gwinnett."
The 6-6, 270-pound tackle is a consensus five-star prospect and is the highest-rated offensive line recruit of the Dabo Swinney era.
Hyatt is the sixth player, and the second offensive lineman, to commit to the Tigers for 2015, joining offensive lineman Noah Green of Boiling Springs, S.C., quarterback Tucker Israel of Orlando, Fla., defensive back Van Smith of Charlotte, N.C., linebacker Tanner Muse of Belmont, N.C., and wide receiver Shadell Bell of Decatur, Ga.
The offensive and defensive lines are high priority areas for the Tigers in 2015. Recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott said on Wednesday that the Tigers are looking for tall, athletic offensive tackle type players as they build their next offensive line.