A lot could change from now until national signing day on February 6. In football recruiting there is always some last minute things that develop as the national letters of intent are sent in via fax machine. Let’s hope that is the case with 4-star defensive end Jason Hatcher.
Late last week Hatcher’s recruiting was in a state of flux. A week ago Hatcher announced via his Twitter account that he had de-committed from USC and he was “wide open.” At that point, I’d say Louisville fans felt solid about where the homegrown prospect would end up. However, USC wasn’t going down without a fight and Kentucky’s new head coach Mark Stoops was involved as well.
On Thursday evening, Ed Orgeron, USC’s defensive/recruiting coordinator flew across the country for an in-home visit with Hatcher. Over the weekend Hatcher was in Lexington, KY., for what was believed to be some type of unofficial visit, but Hatcher hasn’t confirmed that his trip to Lexington had anything to do with the Kentucky football program.
Hatcher was initially set to visit Florida this past weekend and Louisville this up coming weekend, but his mother said late last week that he wouldn’t be taking the visit to Florida and he may still visit Louisville on Feb. 2. Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke with Hatcher on Monday and reports that Hatcher will not visit Louisville. For what it’s worth, Hatcher has unofficially visited Louisville multiple times in recent months, but he will not take the official visit that he had previously had scheduled for nearly a month.
I don’t think anyone truly knows who the leader is for Hatcher, but his top three are USC, Louisville and Kentucky, in no particular order. He is set to announce his decision on national signing day. I’d be lying if I said I felt good about Louisville’s chances. A lot has changed in just a week’s time.