Clemson Football Update: OT Mitch Hyatt to return for senior season

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Clemson football left tackle Mitch Hyatt has opted to return to school and play his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft in May.

Clemson football just picked up a 10-star commitment for the 2018 season only.

Left tackle Mitch Hyatt, who has started at the position for the past three seasons, announced that he would be returning to school for his senior season.

All year, the consensus from everyone, including myself, was that Hyatt would be leaving after his junior year.

By many experts, he was considered to be a first-round offensive line talent. Hyatt was named to the All-ACC team and was one of the solid parts of a very inconsistent offensive line all season.

Now, against Alabama, he was exposed a little bit.

Maybe that’s what led to him returning?


In my opinion, after seeing Hyatt against Alabama, I thought he could use another year in the system and in the weight room.

There’s a lot of room for growth from him and I think he has a chance to be a high first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

That being said, this is huge news for Clemson football in 2018.

Whether you were impressed with him or not, Hyatt was the Tigers’ best offensive lineman all season. Getting him back is a major boost to the OL heading into next season and will give some of the younger guys a chance to learn under a seasoned veteran.

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I love the idea of having Hyatt on one side and Jackson Carman on the other side.

It will be interesting to see what happens with some of the other guys on the defensive side of the ball, but this is a huge update for the Tigers on the offensive side of the ball.