Posted: 11:29 pm Monday, March 24th, 2014

Smack talk after showdown between top recruits from UGA and Clemson (UPDATED) 

By Michael Carvell

Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt (JDM Photo)

Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt (JDM Photo)

  • UPDATE: Video of one of the reps between Chauncey Rivers vs. Mitch Hyatt was posted by 247sports.com’s JC Shurburtt on YouTube (see bottom of page).

There has been a lot of smack talk on Twitter after a showdown between top football recruits from UGA and Clemson at Sunday’s Nike camp in Atlanta.

Mitch Hyatt is a 5-star offensive tackle from North Gwinnett High School who committed to Clemson last month. Hyatt was ranked as the state’s No. 1 overall prospect before being passed last month by Westover High School defensive tackle Trent Thompson.

Chauncey Rivers is a 4-star defensive end from Stephenson High School who recently switched his commitment from South Carolina to UGA.

On Sunday at Lassiter High School, Hyatt and Rivers were among the best collection of high school talent I’ve ever seen assembled on one football field in the state of Georgia.

Why was Hyatt there? I assume only to try to earn an invitation to Nike’s The Opening all-star competition in Oregon this summer because he really had nothing to prove. He’s already committed to a college, and he can’t get much higher in the rankings (Thompson, not surprisingly, did not participate).

UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers (12thmanpromotions)

UGA DE commit Chauncey Rivers (12thmanpromotions)

With his lofty ranking, Hyatt naturally carries a bull’s eye on his back, much in the same way as a Robert Nkemdiche or Lorenzo Carter. That’s just part of the deal. And when you get beat on a play (which is guaranteed to happen out of 75 snaps in a real game or during 20-30 reps during combine), that play will get greatly magnified. The same thing happened in Hyatt’s favor when he played against Nkemdiche and Carter.

So on Sunday, Hyatt was matched up against a lot of different defenders in one-on-one drills but got put up against Rivers in two battles at the very end when many recruiting analysts were watching. I didn’t see the matchup (I was on another field) but based on media accounts, Rivers was declared the winner of those two matchups.

Rivers, as expected, was proud of his accomplishment and tweeted about it: “RT @_justnike_: I destroyed the #1 tackle Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt today at .” Here’s a retweet with picture added:

And that’s when things got interesting on Twitter with UGA fans, Clemson fans, other recruits from both schools — and you name it — chiming in (For the record, Hyatt hasn’t responded or Tweeted anything about Nike camp).

FYI: UGA and Clemson play on Aug. 30 in the season-opener for both teams.

https://twitter.com/SavageTaee_/status/447927052248043520

Rivers later deleted his tweets about Hyatt, saying this:

Finally, Rivers and Hyatt could have a rematch as early as this Saturday. Both recruits are signed up for the Rivals.com Challenge at Marist high school. I would say there’s a 100-percent chance they’ll be matched up again (if they both show up). And for what it’s worth, the last time I can remember a camp battle in Georgia getting this much hype was Jordan Jenkins vs. John Theus at UGA summer camp in 2011.

Update: The rivalry between Rivers and Hyatt apparently dates back to a scrimmage between Stephenson and North Gwinnett last summer. Paul Strelow, the reporter for Clemson’s Rivals website, wrote: “Hyatt clearly got the better of the match-up, as witnessed by several recruiting analysts and reporters, yours included.”

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64 comments
WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

In the above pictures, where is Hyatt's earrings? Probably why he is not going to UGA, no earrings. Does not rise high enough on the thUGAmeter for UGA!

WeRunTheEast
WeRunTheEast

Hyatt's biggest mistake is conference choice. Rivers biggest mistake would be to sign with UGA. With Clemson and UGA we are looking at two of the worst coaches in football. UGA got it half right (should have changed HC), but UGA unwilling to do what is needed.

When UGA falls on its face at Williams-Brice in Columbia this year (similar to 2012), all those that criticize my comments today will be in agreement in mid September. UGA was great in the PAST. May be great in the future. But not while CMR leads the program. Truth hurts.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Well we know Dabo is 1 -0 against CMR and probably will be 2 - 0 come late August.

Remarkable3
Remarkable3

 Paul Strelow, the reporter for Clemson’s Rivals website, clearly was watching another video. I don't know who the better player is but Hyatt didn't get the better of that match-up.

DawgByte
DawgByte

Forget the Hyatt Rivers ruckus I want "Big Country" to commit to the G, baby. That dude is a stud and we need quality tackles at UGA.

leefrommeeks
leefrommeeks

I wonder if they already have cell with the UGA recruits name on it in Athens? Its that part of their recruiting plan at thug U.

SLR
SLR

Enjoy your "college" career at HAYSEED U Mr. Hyatt!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

i approve of chauncey talking some smack.  ive been saying we need some more attitude on this team like stone cold or ric flair.  its a edge like this that will put is over the top.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

One drill with no pads is nothing to talk about, Good Grief!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Randy Hall.....lets just put a stop to all this BS.  Go to practice and tell Will Friend what a poor job you think he is doing.  If not move on.  You sound like a 3rd grader.  Man-up you wuss!!!!!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Mitch Hyatt did not get his hands inside. He opened up allowing Rivers to get inside his chest and from then it was over. Hyatt lost the battle as soon as he opened his arms up.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Lol in that video Hyatt got PWNED! Rivers got some power to go with that quickness and get off! Hope he sticks with the Dawgs

RandyHall
RandyHall

Phillipdj....UGA signed top OL in the last several years....2010: I would take Juwan James (TN) over Kolton Houston....2011: UGA wins here w/ David Andrews....2012: I would take Vadal Alexander (LSU) over any of UGA's signees....2013: The jury is still out on B Kubielow....2014: And jury stiil out on D Sims....only time willl tell with Will Friend coaching these players...TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!     

HotDawg
HotDawg

As for twitter....quit pushing "send". Life is better without.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Meaningless scrimmages.....got a legacy kid going to clemson and the home state kid remaining loyal to UGA.

Norhing will change. Their scholarships aren't going away. These camps are ego trips (if they're already committed to a school). They might get a free trip to another camp to have a couple hours to be coached by someone they'll never see again.

If they truly learn sometbing, great.

DallasJack
DallasJack

I will assume FGT is an acronym for some sort of SM site. Please refrain weirdo. 


As for the article...who cares?

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

LOL. A Clemson reporter trying to rescue his boy.  Think I'll go with the unbiased reports since I couldn't see it myself.

Dawg350
Dawg350

That's right baby! Rivers is the better player! He kicked his tail! Nobody will stop UGA in 2014! Book it brotha!

FrankFraticelli
FrankFraticelli

Let's see - Towers writes about a stop sign ticket and now Carvell writes about a Twitter war. It seems like the news desk must be struggling for stories today. If you can draw a paycheck writing articles like this then I am in the wrong business.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

When I read the title I thought the 2 players had engaged in a Twitter war - something somewhat understandable. Then I read that it is coming from fans - how sad.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

UGA commits should never get into smack  talk with anyone in the ACC. The ACC right now has only 2 teams that may deserve high rankings and then Clemson probably doesn't deserve the same respect as Florida State. The ACC is rated 5TH or 6 Th hardest Conference. That mean the leaders only have to beat 1 to 3 good Conference teams. Even if they lose to a top non- Conference opponent the 2 sometimes 3 team will end up with 9 or 10 wins. That would have calculated to be 6 to 8 wins in the SEC.

The SEC on the other hand has to beat 6 to 8 top 20 teams every year. Why doesn't some end up ranked? Because someone has to lose and many times a 6 lost team in the SEC would have ended up 8-4 or 9-3 or even 10-2 in the ACC. Then why does a team like Clemson beat Georgia? Clemson has to play them the first game  before the first team is set and hope Georgia makes a lot of mistakes. Doesn't Clemson have the same problems to deal with? To  a degree yes but they have been waiting for that game all year with bated breath. UGA treats them like any out of Conference game. Georgia is more worried about beating 8 Conference teams.I can assure you that a Georgia match-up is way more important to Clemson than Georgia. 

Georgia should never play a team like Oklahoma State or Clemson in the kick-off classic . All down side no upside. Now if Georgia wants to schedule one of the other Conference leaders later in the season, i'm all for it.   

FGT
FGT

for all gt fans the world doesn't really know you even exist. out!

FGT
FGT

Will gt ever beat UGA again?

FGT
FGT

gt= we party with ZIMA U

FGT
FGT

get your facts straight.

FGT
FGT

gt is 96% boys

FGT
FGT

gt fans and students are not the smartest people in the world. bless their little hearts.

FGT
FGT

at gt you play to lose. 

FGT
FGT

gt has been mentioned in national media once in the last 46 months.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Remarkable3  he saw it through Orange glasses like the MUTT fans see the world through Less than ELITE Red & Black glasses.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@leefrommeeks Exactly what has your childish comment got to do with the article, you are blogging in. Surely you can be more mature than you obviously display in your comments.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@SLR  Funny UGa is the hayseed college of Georgia. What is the difference? Both are the Agri Colleges in the state.

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

Thanks for the breakdown. I do like everything I've heard and seen regarding B. Kublanow and Kendall Baker. If Kolton - after finally brushing the dust off last season - does what he was long thought capable, we may have the best set of Tackles in the East.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@RandyHall  And don't forget about Kendall Baker (who will play OL) and Isaiah Wynn that UGA signed in this class. Both those guys can play. I really like Wynn.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dallas jack

You want some cheese with that whine?? Who cares yech boy. 12 out of 13.. 99 out of 100.... Whatever it is!

POAD2013
POAD2013

@FGT  WRONG.....another post by a GED holder at best and most likely a high school dropout. 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@FGT  We know they'll lose to Clemson, UGA, Virginia Tech, Miami. That's 4 losses for sure every single year. Then they'll have their usual slip ups against Middle Tennessee State, BYU, Pittsburgh, etc. Yeah they'll beat NC, Duke, and Alabama STATE. And a couple other lower ACC teams like Maryland, Virginia, etc. But they're guaranteed 4 losses a year alone.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@gtcaryd @MoistDawg  well duh i cant name them all. they were tough guys but didnt cut as good a promo as some of the others