Last year, the Syracuse University found a gem in the small town of Arab, Alabama in defensive tackle Steven Clark. It looks like the Orange are hoping to dip into that population of around 8,000 one more time in the class of 2017, as Scott Shafer and his crew have extended an offer to quarterback prospect Daulton Hyatt.
— Daulton Hyatt 11™ (@daulton_hyatt) September 15, 2015
The 6-foot-4, 180 pound signal caller doesn’t play for the same school that Clark did, by the way. Just wanted to get that out of the way up front. While Clark played for Brindlee Mountain, Hyatt throws his touchdown passes for Arab High, and the likes of Miami and Wake Forest have taken notice by extending offers. He’s also got offers from Vanderbilt and Troy, and more are certainly on the way.
Hyatt is the latest QB to be offered in the class of 2017, showing that it’s a continued position of emphasis moving forward. The Orange also have offers out to Jack Coan (NY), Hendon Hooker (NC), and Kasim Hill (MD) – each of whom is a big time prospect, just like Hyatt. Hyatt is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, and the 23rd best pro-style QB in the class by that website.
Hyatt is a long, rangy athlete who still needs to put on some serious weight and muscle to take the rigors of high level college football, but it’s easy to see why a number of high level college programs are already taking notice. He moves pretty well, taking long strides and throwing well on the run. He shows good accuracy on his intermediate throws, and while he kind of “heaves” his longer throws it’s pretty apparent he’s got the arm talent to become a very good all-around passer. His ability to throw across his body and on the move show that he’s got solid arm strength, and his touch on longer throws looks good. The zip on his short and medium range throws is pretty impressive for this stage of his development.
With Syracuse clearly looking to continue adding to its quarterback talent moving forward, Hyatt is certainly a name to keep an eye on. If I had to guess, Coan will wind up at Michigan, and Hill will be tough to sway from Michigan State and Penn State. Hill, along with Hooker, are high on Syracuse but have a lot of big time programs chasing after them pretty heavily. Adding Wyatt to the mix gives the Orange another potentially elite QB prospect to pursue in the class of 2017.