“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Hyatt said. “It’s
a huge game. We’re very competitive and play
up against better teams. It brings the best out
of us. We can’t wait.”
Accruing yards and points weren’t a problem
for Edoga’s Indians squad either. With Edoga an-
choring McEachern’s offensive line, the Indians
stockpiled points, averaging 35.6 per game.
Edoga is a 6-4, 276-pound tackle that became a formidable force on McEachern’s offensive line in 2013. As a senior, he’ll look to
improve his strength and power before taking
the next step into college ball.
“Edoga is more of a long and lean offensive
tackle with long arms and a frame to add
weight,” said Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad
Simmons. “He needs to add mass and muscle
to become more of a dominant lineman at the
point of attack. He is not all finesse, but more
of a good player in space with his length and
quickness. He slides his feet well, he gets in
and of his stance well, and he keeps defenders
off his body. He has good flexibility too.”
On tape, Edoga’s motor never stops, with the
lineman frequently pushing linemen backwards
into the next level. He combines a mean streak
with his natural speed and athleticism, making
him able to run down the field and continue block-
ing for backs that sprung into the open field.
Both Georgia and Georgia Tech missed out
on both of these linemen, with Edoga and Hyatt
electing to head out of state. This past spring,
Edoga committed to USC, announcing his pick
on his personal twitter page. Hyatt pledged to
Clemson early on in the process, saying that he
felt at home with the Tigers’ program.
“I wanted to focus on my season this year,”
Hyatt said. “The atmosphere was way up there,
it was a place I wanted to be.” – Jason Butt
Two of the state of geoRgia’s top offensive lineman will face off early this season in a high-profile meeting to show why they’re among the best in the
country at their position.
Headlining the Corky Kell Classic is a game
between North Gwinnett and McEachern, at
McEachern’s Walter Cantrell Stadium on Aug.
23. North Gwinnett’s Mitch Hyatt and McEachern’s Chuma Edoga will be the top two players to
not only take the field in that game, but perhaps
the top two to set foot on the football field during
the entire weekend’s worth of games. It will also
be a rematch of last season’s Class 6A semifinal
game, which North Gwinnett won 27-21.
Hyatt is a big 6-5, 271-pound tackle that
preaches patience with his technique. He’s had
plenty of one-on-one battles with some tough
rush defensive ends, including former Grayson
standout Robert Nkemdiche as a sophomore
and former Norcross star Lorenzo Carter over
the past two years. However, outside of Hyatt,
this year’s offensive line group isn’t as experienced and will be blocking for someone other
than C.J. Leggett, who carried the football for
1,734 yards and 23 touchdowns a season ago.
Hyatt said that going against a top team early
in the season will give McEachern a great test.