6’0″ 175 pounds; Hometown: Irmo, S.C.
Although wideouts Ramel Keyton and Cedric Tillman have some advantages in Josh Heupel’s offense, Jalin Hyatt’s merits make him the best candidate to break out in the passing game for Tennessee football this year. Multiple outlets are already calling for that, and we’re going to join in on those projections for this season.
The graduate of Dutch Fork High School in the Lexington and Richland County School District of South Carolina, which is where Bryce Thompson also went, showed promise last year as a true freshman. He caught 20 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns.
That was good for third on the team behind Josh Palmer and Velus Jones Jr., and of those, only Jones is returning. Meanwhile, the only other players to go over 200 yards, Brandon Johnson and Eric Gray, have both transferred. Heck, Ty Chandler was sixth on the team in receiving, and he has also transferred elsewhere.
Simply put, Hyatt has much less competition to break out into a star this year, so it’s almost expected of him at this point. He may not have the size of a wideout, but he can line up anywhere on the field. That makes him a huge asset in Josh Heupel’s system, so watch out.