One of the newcomers generating the most camp buzz for Tennessee has been receiver Jalin Hyatt, who signed with the Volunteers as a four-star prospect during the last recruiting cycle. In a crowded freshman group of receivers, Hyatt has seemed to stand out, earning the praise of Jeremy Pruitt last week.
This week, he’s earned the praise of Barton Simmons, who placed Hyatt on his 247Sports Preseason Freshman All-American team. Here was the take from Simmons on Monday.
At Tennessee, Hyatt (197) has a chance to totally transform the Vols’ receiver room from plodders to purebreds. He’s a 10.4 burner and has been receiving rave reviews for his polish as well.
Tennessee will be replacing Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway — likely with Josh Palmer, Brandon Johnson, Ramel Keyton and Cedric Tillman. But the catch there is that those four players are all pretty similar in size and skillset. Hyatt, on the other hand, brings a legitimate element of speed to the table, which is something that this offense hasn’t had much of lately. That could carve him an instant role in Jim Chaney’s offense.
Hyatt was the 197th ranked player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings for the 2020 class. He’s reportedly clocked a 4.31 in the 40 yard dash and has shown plenty of ability to make contested catches. Hyatt was one of four blue-chippers signed by Tennessee at the position, joining Malachi Wideman, Dee Beckwith and Jimmy Calloway.