After a summer that saw him establish himself as one of the top prospects in the country for the class of 2015, Suwannee (Ga.) North Gwinnett offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt is happy to be back on the field practicing with his team.
But the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Hyatt took time to break down his last three summer trips and to talk about what is ahead for him on the recruiting trail.
Hyatt attended Georgia's Dawg Night last month and said he enjoyed getting to work with offensive line coach Will Friend.
"It was a fun camp, but it rained so we had to wait it out a little bit," Hyatt said. "Other than that, the competition was good and there were a lot of guys there and I was happy to be there and compete.
"After the break for the rain, I didn't know we were going to come back out and practice. We had just got done eating, and when we went out it took me a little while to get back into the flow. But Coach Friend was awesome. I liked him a lot, and it was the first time I got to spend time with him."
Following his camp experience at Georgia, Hyatt took an unofficial visit to Auburn at the urging of his high school coaches.
"It was impressive," Hyatt said. "I had been told that it was one of the schools I had to go see, and it definitely caught my eye."
It was also the first time Hyatt got to meet many of the new Auburn staffers, and he said he came away impressed.
"What I've heard about the coaches who were there before is that there's a big improvement with the new staff," He said. "The coaches are pretty awesome and I think I know what they're doing and I might want to be a part of that."
Hyatt has family ties to Clemson, and the Tigers continue to treat him like he's already a member of the family.
"I went there for the 'all-in cookout,' an event for all their commitments," Hyatt said. "I just got invited to go and see what it was like, and it was nice. It was just a nice atmosphere, and it was pretty laid-back."
Hyatt said his season likely will keep him busy this fall, but he's hoping to see a few games. There is one matchup already on his calendar.
"I definitely want to catch at least two, three games," he said. "I want to try to get up to Ohio State, but that's going to be hard to do, considering it's so far. But I'm definitely going to be going to the Georgia-Clemson game Week 1."
As far as the Buckeyes, Hyatt said he enjoyed his trip to Columbus but wants to see how things compare on game day.
"They've been showing me a lot of interest, and the last time I was up there I really liked it," he said. "I want to go back up there and just see a game and see what it's like."