Suwanee, GA | 6052 | 295 | 4.98E | 2019
A bit of a Clemson legacy, Hyatt’s uncle (Dan Benish) played defensive tackle and won a championship in 1981 for the Tigers. Mitch has been a starter at left tackle since his true freshman season, protecting DeShaun Watson’s blind side, playing in two national championship games and his current games started streak is at 29 and counting. Hyatt is highly athletic and excels in pass protection with his fundamental kick slide and the great bend he shows when engaging pass rushers. Hyatt has impressive speed for his size and although he possesses adequate length and height, he could use to add roughly ten pounds to his frame to hold up against the bull rushes he will see at the next level. He is more of a finesse blocker that out-positions his man as opposed to driving him out of a play but he is very efficient in space when seeking out secondary defenders. Mitch Hyatt profiles as a left tackle for a zone blocking team thanks to his ability as a pass protector and his exceptional athleticism.
2016: Tied for second on the team with 32.5 knockdown blocks in 994 snaps (14 starts) … first-team All-ACC (media) … second-team All-ACC (coaches).
2015: First-team freshman All-American by Sporting News and USA Today … third-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … second on the team with 37 knockdown blocks in 15 starts (1,049 snaps) … had three or more knockdowns in seven games … graded 92 percent in his first career game against Wofford … posted three knockdowns.
High School: Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl … first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com, Parade and USA Today as a senior … first-team All-American by MaxPreps.com as a junior … No. 8 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … No. 22 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com (sixth-best signee entering the ACC) … No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player in Georgia by ESPN … No. 16 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 3 player in Georgia by Rivals.com … participated in The Opening … coached by Bob Sphire … recruited by Tony Elliott.
Personal: His uncle, Dan Benish, was an All-ACC defensive tackle and a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team … majoring in pre-business … born Feb. 6, 1997.