'Top left tackle' Mitch Hyatt lives up to his billing at The Opening

The Clemson Sports Blog

Mitch Hyatt (MaxPreps photo)

Mitch Hyatt (MaxPreps photo)

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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33dtb writes:

Great !!

robtthetiger44#293707 writes:

Sounds to me like we have us a real, live "blue chip" athlete with this guy. I was really glad to read there won't be any DE running past him or something like that. Where's the Clown when you need him? With the best quarterback in the nation being a sophomore next year and this guy a sure fired starter coupled with all the new, very talented guys we have now and what's coming how can we not be a really, really good team? Something catastrophic will have to happen for us not to win 11 or 12 or 13 games for the next 5 years it looks like to me. I know we are suppose to be reloading this year but we got high caliber bullets we are reloading with. If our young guys on offense perform well from the first game on, we may not get beat this year. I know beating FSU down there will be hard but doable. We have done it before when nobody thought it would happen. I was there in '89 when Terry Allen and company ran over them. As Clemson fans, we have a lot to be thankful for and even more to look forward to.

33dtb writes:

finally getting some depth on O-Line ??? and some greatness

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