Battle with Nkemdiche helps Hyatt emerge 

May, 29, 2013
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Last November, in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAAAA state football playoffs, defending Class AAAAAA champion Loganville (Ga.) Grayson took on Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett. Coming into the game, all eyes were on defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 prospect in the country. Nkemdiche was coming off back-to-back seasons with 18 sacks and has been widely regarded as one of the most talented high school players to ever suit up in Georgia.

The player tasked with trying to contain the 6-foot-5, 270-pound five-star recruit was a sophomore named Mitch Hyatt. While most would get overwhelmed with the thought of blocking Nkemdiche, Hyatt used the opportunity to have a coming out party.

“Going into that game I felt like I had nothing to lose so I was not nervous,” Hyatt said. “I just tried to play my game.”

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