I could yap about the basketball team’s piss poor second half last night, but it’s early and I’m going to be a glass half-full kind of guy today. Yesterday’s big football news was the announcement that Jason Hatcher officially decommitted from USC. The 4-star defensive end is now basically the rope in a tug-o-war battle between Charlie Strong and Mark Stoops.
The brightside for UK fans? There are more individual positives at UK than Louisville: He could work his way into the rotation at DE THIS YEAR with Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith; Stoops has a track record for producing great defensive lineman; when Hatcher announced he was going to USC, a big factor was that he wanted to get out of Louisville (I know the feeling). He could go for the currently established hometown program, but until then let’s see what he could do for the Cayts.
Speed on the outside. Most pass rush specialist have this trait, but Hatcher’s style is different than most. A key principle when playing DE, is keeping your outside shoulder free in order to contain the QB from getting outside of the pocket. In his highlight film, the majority of his sacks happen when he gets the OT on his heels, then cuts inside for the quickest route to the QB. Even when he gets mixed up in the wash on the inside, he finds a way to pop out and put pressure on the QB. I would’ve gotten ripped a new one in film if I did this, because I couldn’t make up for it with athletic ability.
A GREAT open-field tackler. You rarely talk about a lineman with great open-field tackling ability because let’s be honest, most of the time it happens in the trenches where not too much form is required to be successful. However Hatcher’s mobility causes him to play outside a lot, leaving him vulnerable to miss the other player and give himself a bearhug. Hatcher is different: he tackles RBs and WRs in the open field often, even if it means just getting a hand on a shoe. Even when it isn’t an open-field “do or die” situation, all of his tackles look like they’d hurt. You can watch the highlight tapes and see for yourself.
An overall physical specimen. I thought one of his highlights was funny because it began with him flexing for the camera. We can laugh, but I wouldn’t laugh at someone that GIGANTIC. When thinking about actually how good Hatcher is nationally: as a FR/SO/JR he consistently won national combine competitions. These competitions are essentially the same as the pre-NFL draft combine, including agility drills, running the 40 yard dash, bench press, etc. Multiple times he was the best overall performer, similar to QB recruit Asiantii Woulard winning MVP of the Elite 11 Camp. I don’t know about you, but I bet he”d look pretty good in blue.
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