2009 Intro: Dash Wyatt

2009 Intro: Dash Wyatt

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- After flying under the radar for much of his recruitment, Dash Wyatt saw a sharp increase in his recruiting interest during the Evaluation Period.

"It's picked up a lot actually," Wyatt said. "I started out with just an email. And then I started to get letters every two weeks. Now I get handwritten letters weekly."

Northwest Guilford High head football coach Joe Woodruff has hosted countless college recruiters over the course of the last couple of months. All – including coaches from East Carolina, Marshall, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest – have left impressed with the film of Wyatt, a 6-foot-4, 267-pound offensive lineman.

"I haven't had a Division I school that has came through to see his film and said they weren't interested in him," Woodruff said.

"Dash is a very big and compact player, he's very thick. He's got very good strength, very good hips. He's got a long arm span so that helps him out a lot in pass protection. [He is] very good with changing up his blocking techniques based on plays, based on what the defense is doing to him. He's got a real good grasp of the game. Intelligence-wise he's able to make adjusts real quick on the fly, he's able to communicate with coaches [on] possible adjustments or scheme changes that need to be done. He does a real good job with drive blocking, real good job with down and gap blocking."

Woodruff, who arrived at Northwest Guilford last spring, has helped Wyatt successfully add a much needed mean streak to his game.

"He became a really mean, ornery player on the field," Woodruff said. "He finished blocks much more [last season], ran down field after plays finishing the plays… A lot of college coaches have noticed – and liked – that on the field he has a very mean demeanor."

In Northwest Guilford's offensive system, Wyatt starts at strongside offensive tackle.

"In our offensive scheme, pass protection-wise he gets put on an island a lot of times. So he has to be a good pass protector, because he's not going to get a lot of help there.

"Because of our system, he'll get flipped around – so he has to play the right-hand side and left-hand side."

Last season was Wyatt's first as a fulltime starter. He responded with 49 pancake blocks on his way to all-area and all-conference honors.

However, none of the schools that have visited Northwest Guilford during the spring left a scholarship offer behind.

"He's got asked to come to all of the recruiting camps," Woodruff said. "Thirty-something schools have asked him to camp – there's no way he'll make all of them."

Wyatt will camp at East Carolina Thursday, Duke Saturday, UNC Tuesday, and NC State June 25. Last Sunday, he camped at Wake Forest.

"[The schools] said they'll evaluate my performance and they'll probably offer me a scholarship," Wyatt said.

At his height, Wyatt is a tweener tackle/guard prospect. He says, though, college coaching staffs are projecting him at right tackle.

"They like my drive blocking and think I can really help out in the run game," Wyatt said.

One of the schools that has expressed strong interest in Wyatt is UNC. Everett Withers, who recruits the Greensboro area, consistently contacts Wyatt.

"I get hand written letters from him every four or five days," Wyatt said. "He's saying that he's looking forward to me coming to camp. He is giving me advice on what they're looking for to offer me a scholarship."

Wyatt will head into the camping circuit with an open mind.

"I'm just going to go out there and do what I do [at camps]," Wyatt said. "Whoever gives me the best offer, I'll think about taking it."

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