All-American left tackle Mitch Hyatt will return to school for his final season at Clemson.
Many considered Hyatt would make the jump to the NFL early, but the 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman feels he could benefit from one more season in college.
“I have decided to return to Clemson for my senior year,” said Hyatt in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “I have some unfinished business on the field and I know another year will benefit me. And, it is very important to me to finish my education.”
This past season, Hyatt Was a First-Team All-American by ESPN and Sporting News and second-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association and USA TODAY.
Hyatt was also the first Clemson recipient of the ACC’s Jacob Blocking Trophy since 1987 and was also named a First-Team All-ACC selection. He had 28 knockdowns while playing more than 800 snaps in 2017.
The two-time First-Team All-ACC selection will have a chance to be the first offensive lineman in Clemson history to be a three-time first-team selection. Hyatt will also have a chance to be the first two-time All-American offensive lineman since Stacy Seegars (1992-93).
For his career, Hyatt has 97.5 knockdown blocks while playing in 43 games. He has started 42 of those games and has been an All-ACC selection all three seasons.
In 2015, Hyatt became the first true freshman on the offensive line to start in his first game since James Farr did the same in 1980. He was also the first offensive tackle to start as a freshman since Phil Prince in 1944.
With Hyatt’s return, Clemson will now be able to play freshman Jackson Carman inside at left guard possibly, where he wants to play. That also means the Tigers can keep John Simpson at right guard to replace Tyrone Crowder and leave Tremayne Anchrum and Sean Pollard at right tackle.
The All-American’s return gives the Tigers a little more continuity up front then what was expected for 2018.