Bookends for Tigers
The May Evaluation is not even set to begin until April 15th yet Clemson has already landed two of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects in Mitch Hyatt (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and Jake Fruhmorgen (Tampa, Fla./Plant).
Hyatt is Scout.com’s No. 2 offensive tackle prospect while Fruhmorgen checks in at No. 10. Hyatt committed to the Tigers back on February 5th while Fruhmorgen pulled the trigger at a school press conference earlier today.
“It came down to the atmosphere,” said Fruhmorgen, who committed to Clemson over Florida. “It’s where I fit in the best. I love the players and the coaching staff. It’s a good fit. I want to be a Tiger.”
That is something that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has done a masterful job of, creating a family atmosphere that all kids love. Maybe Clemson is not for everyone, but recruits love the environment surrounding the program.
"Every time I go to Clemson, it feels like family, and it feels like I belong there,” Hyatt told Scout.com. “I love the environment, the community, the coaches, and it feels great to be there."
Obviously Swinney and his staff have to be elated to land this pair of bookend tackles. But it doesn’t end there, as the Tigers have also committed a third offensive tackle in Noah Green (Boiling Springs, S.C.). He’s a three-star recruit and the No. 57 ranked offensive tackle on Scout.com.
Things are coming together nicely at this need position for the Tigers. You will be hard pressed to find another trio of big uglies better than this headed to one school, especially at this early juncture of the 2015 recruiting cycle.
This is coming on the heels of Clemson signing a very good group last season that included the nation’s No. 3 ranked quarterback in Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.) and two outstanding big play wide receivers in Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside).
This game can continue to evolve all it wants but football is still won and lost in the trenches. Those guys will only be good as what happens up front. If you are Swinney and company, you couldn’t have diagramed a better start.