Center of attention

Center of attention


Center of attention


By Hale McGranahan.

The four-man offensive line class of Mitch Hyatt, Jake Fruhmorgen, Noah Green and Zach Giella will arrive to Clemson in January. If everything goes according to plan, they’ll eventually serve as the foundation for the Tigers’ offensive front.

Hyatt, Green and Giella were all in Clemson this past weekend on official visit.

“I loved it, I didn’t want to leave,” Giella told TheClemsonInsider on Sunday.

A total of 10 Clemson commitments, all of whom are early enrollees, were in town.

“We all get along so well,” Giella said. “Me and the commits and the coaches, just everybody, we all get along so well. It’s like we’ve known each other for a long time.

“We’re all pretty cool. We all get along really well. It’s like a big family.”

For a majority of the weekend, Giella said, the commitments and coaches were “joking around, kidding around a lot with each other.”

On Sunday, things turned serious.

“We talked about position-wise and playing time, all that stuff,” Giella said. “Coach (Chad) Morris was pretty adamant that me and the other guys are probably going to get pretty good playing time next year, just because of depth and what’s going on right now.

“They’re revamping the whole offensive line, so (Morris) said we all have a really good chance of getting playing time next year.”

Growing up, Giella always played center, but he was moved outside to tackle as a ninth grader at Augusta Christian School. For his senior season, Giella shifted back inside to center.  That’s where he’ll get his first look at Clemson.

“Coach Morris really likes me at center, so I’ll probably be playing center,” Giella said. “But he said he’ll be moving me all the way from left guard to right tackle, so I could play all of those positions.



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