Jason Hatcher, a 4-star defensive end from Trinity High School here in Louisville maintains that he’s firm on his commitment to USC, but Charlie Strong and his staff aren’t giving up just yet.
There are plenty of prospects in the 2013 class that Louisville’s staff has offered scholarships to, but Hatcher is one that Louisville has been pursuing for quite some time. With other USC commitments decided to reopen their recruitment in the last couple of weeks, Louisville fans are hopeful that Hatcher will do the same.
Hatcher recently visited Kentucky and is scheduled to visit USC this weekend. He also has a visit to Florida scheduled on Jan. 25 and he’ll make his last visit to Louisville on Feb. 1. Despite the visits to other schools, most believe it’ll Louisville if it’s not USC who ends up with Hatcher.
The Louisville staff has received some help from two current commits in trying to get Hatcher to flip from USC to Louisville. In a recent interview with Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, Hatcher says James Quick and Reggie Bonnafaon, two of his teammates at Trinity High School have been on him pretty hard.
“They’ve been grinding on me at school and around the community,” Hatcher tells Jones. He also says that the staff has been really stressing how staying home and playing for the hometown school could benefit Hatcher in his future after football. “They talked about how big it would be for the program and our lives but around the city and all the doors it would open up for us down the road,” says Hatcher.