The bottom-line analysis from The Opening is that five-star, Clemson-bound offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt is everything he's cracked up to be.
The 6-5, 274-pound Hyatt took on a pair of the nation's top defensive line prospects during The Opening Linemen Challenge competition, and his performance earned rave reviews.
Hyatt went one-on-one against defensive lineman of the year Byron Cowart of Seffner, Florida and Austin Bryant of Thomasville, Georgia - a Clemson recruiting target.
According to 247Sports:
"Five-star Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt had a very good day. The athletic left tackle is best against speed defenders. At 274 pounds, he can still get jolted against some of the more physical rush ends but you’re rarely going to beat him to the corner."
And Scout's take:
"Hyatt plays with great technique and has drawn raves from the coaches for being able to take coaching and immediately apply it on the field. He's a more advanced run blocker right now and has gains strength, should be a very good college player."
Scout rated Hyatt as the top left tackle in the offensive line competition.
247 Sports also had good things to say about Bryant, who has Clemson among his leaders:
"At 6-4, 249 pounds, Austin Bryant is a defensive lineman with the versatility to play on the outside or on the inside. In one drill, he was giving a look as a linebacker and flashed the ability to flow and fill from the second level as well. He just shows really natural athleticism and strength and while he may not be as advanced as some of the other guys there, we loved the upside he possesses."
Also working out in the line competition this week is Clemson offensive tackle commitment Noah Green, who has the distinction of being the first offensive lineman to earn an invitation to this year's Opening.
Student Sports notes that Green locked up the first OL invite of 2014 by finishing with the Charlotte Nike Combine's sixth-best rating at 106.77. The 6-4, 283-pound Green posted the highest rating of any tested offensive lineman in the nation last year as a rising junior at 104.79.
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