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Jason Hatcher signs on to play football for your University of Kentucky Wildcats

It wasn’t long ago when the Kentucky football program was a punchline to Jason Hatcher.  When Hatcher dropped the University of Tennessee from consideration last summer, he did it because Tennessee lost to Kentucky the previous season.  “When you lose to Kentucky, you lose to everybody,” he notoriously said.

My, how things have changed since then.

Here we are, a little seven months after that comment, and Jason Hatcher is a Kentucky Wildcat.  The highly-regarded defensive end from Louisville Trinity picked the Cats over the University of sunny Southern California in his final decision, after giving the University of Louisville a big “no” just a couple weeks prior.  It’s a huge recruiting victory for Mark Stoops, maybe the biggest in Kentucky football history, and he did it in just a couple of months in Lexington.  Unbelievable.

Hatcher was steered away from Lane Kiffin and the Trojans by Stoops’ passion and enthusiasm towards the Kentucky job.  Stoops and his young staff are committed to turning this program around, and that was very clear to Hatcher in their many discussions.  So clear, that their energy, motivation and dedication to success rubbed off on Hatcher, enough so to get him to want to join the movement and contribute to rebuilding Kentucky football.

Welcome to Big Blue Nation, Jason Hatcher.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

84 Comments for Jason Hatcher signs on to play football for your University of Kentucky Wildcats



  1. UK_JB
    3:14 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    YAY



  2. Dave
    3:14 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    BOOM



  3. Dee
    3:15 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    YES SIR!!! Is that blonde signing to UK too??



  4. cat fan dan
    3:15 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Feels good.



  5. John Wall
    3:15 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Cant wait to be blackout again in the commonwealth!!



  6. Courtney
    3:15 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    His parents in Red, Black and White, and him in an all blue outfit who didn’t see the CATS pulling this one off????!!!!!



  7. KurtInMia
    3:16 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Leggooo!



  8. ronkat52
    3:16 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Great news! Where does UK rank now?



  9. bib
    3:17 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Yes!



  10. Spenser
    3:17 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    KSR should show the posts regarding the day he said that losing to UK was like losing to everyone and the posts from today just to show the difference in not only his attitude, but the enthusiasm of the fanbase. The complete 180 that Stoops has pulled with this program is astonishing.



  11. Fairplay
    3:17 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Notice that Hatcher’s Dad replaced the chairs at the table after the signing. Show the kind of people that this young man springs from. A great get for the Cats.



  12. Travis
    3:17 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    And that was f’ing awesome…Go CATS!!! Stoooooooops!!!



  13. UK Freshmen
    3:18 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #11. That’s too funny. What a goof.



  14. Jus Sayin
    3:18 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    “When you lose to Kentucky, you lose to everybody” I know it’s not supposed be… but thats kind of funny



  15. frank
    3:19 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    is UK still 14th in the sec?



  16. asdf
    3:19 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s an awesome recruiting coup, but calling it the biggest in UK history is very much a stretch. We have in our past signed the # 1 player in the nation (Tim Couch) and the #1 defensive player in the nation (Dennis Johnson). Still, that takes nothing away from the excitement of today! Go CATS!



  17. movingonup
    3:20 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Tied for 26th overall now with Arkansas at rivals. Top a top 25 but darn close.



  18. bigabes4uk
    3:20 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    No way we are still #14 ranked in the SEC after this commit! Unreal what this staff has done- I’ve never even cared about this day in the past- not once. Wow! Can’t wait to see how good this team will be on the field!



  19. Welcome Jason Hatcher
    3:21 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry Cha-ley



  20. MemphisCat
    3:21 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    And “Boom goes the Dynamite”



  21. Commonwealth
    3:21 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome, Jason!



  22. kyle heavy
    3:21 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    16 – I don’t remember exactly what year it was but Micah Johnson’s class was also very solid. Wasn’t he ranked like 9th overall at one point?



  23. TAXman
    3:22 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    16. maybe best class in UK history. not best player though.



  24. Al's IndiCats
    3:22 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome to the BB family Jason. You couldn’t have gotten the same love anywhere else. Kiffen would’ve thrown and left you under the bus…Great Job Coach!



  25. BIG MONEY ROB
    3:22 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m watching a video right now, and he just committed to USC…



  26. UK Freshmen
    3:23 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN HAS ’em ranked an ‘awesome’ #40. Whoopee do.



  27. Dlash
    3:23 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    moved to 28th! I wonder what the odds of us breaking the top 25 are now



  28. Cal Norton
    3:23 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    That just happened…..Shake and bake!



  29. UKBlue1!
    3:23 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Better than Christmas!



  30. jay
    3:24 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    when is stoops’ presser?



  31. Jay
    3:24 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome aboard mr. Hatcher!



  32. Little birdie
    3:26 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    17.) I have a good feeling about getting Tevin Lawson so a top 25 class may not be out of the question just yet…”so you’re telling me there’s a chance!?!?”….way to be a hero Hatcher BBN loves you!!!



  33. H.A. Milton
    3:27 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Great, wonderful, can we get back to basketball now?



  34. Blue Boy
    3:27 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    The difference detween then and now is STOOPS and STAFF. They are building something special here!!!!!!!!!!!!



  35. Perk
    3:27 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Slow down a little guys. You do realize your class is ranked 49th not 26th as previously posted. That puts you 14 th in Sec. Lets don’t get carried away with your program just yet.



  36. Za'Jacob Hyde
    3:28 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Been a good day for UK Football and Manchester.



  37. Drew
    3:28 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    It is kind of depressing that most of thought the cats were going to be in the top 25. However, scout and espn and 24/7 have us at 40. The only one that has us close is rivals who has uk at 30.



  38. Invisible Obama
    3:28 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    While this late surprise bumped us up to Rivals #28, the winner of last year’s Sugar Bowl is sitting solid at #57.



  39. Travis
    3:30 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    He just said, “Momma…give me the hat.” Yessirr…Go BIG BLUE and welcome to BBN, Jason Hatcher!



  40. 2020
    3:30 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Kudos to Barnfart for getting on board with the rest of us in deciding that football can be successful and exciting at UK!



  41. Lynda
    3:31 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I find it hilarious that all the UofL fan where I work started badmouthing Hatcher as soon as it came out yesterday that he was signing with UK. Suddenly he wasn’t a good recruit to get. They said his Trinity teammates didn’t feel he gave a good effort every game. Hopefully, he will prove them all wrong.



  42. JKUK
    3:32 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    @35 negative much? And on top of that, you’re wrong. The class is ranked 28th and they’re not done yet



  43. opti
    3:32 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Art Still



  44. Bulldawg
    3:33 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    This is only the start of UK’s RISE in football!!!



  45. scout
    3:33 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    scout hasnt given us hatcher yet, plus they have zdarious as a three star instead of 4, fug em



  46. wow
    3:35 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Rivals has us at #28. This is the most informative recruiting website, and thus the one we should base our judgement off of. Great class, and if Hearns qualifies, brings Taj Williams, and Lawson (a long shot) commits it will no doubt be the best class in school history. Probably already is. Light the cannon…



  47. Al's IndiCats
    3:35 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty exciting day to say the least!~



  48. jamart
    3:36 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I think the best class was 1962—Sam Ball Rick Norton Roger Bird Rick Kestner Doug Davis Talbot Todd etc.



  49. asdf
    3:38 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Most years, this class would be at least top six or eight in the SEC, but this year is unusual in that every SEC school is kicking butt in recruiting.



  50. That's Live Action!
    3:39 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #33, my thoughts exactly! I’ve had to scroll through way too much football news the last few days.



  51. Dano
    3:41 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    In a few short years we may be STOOOOOped good!



  52. Steve
    3:45 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you Jason Hatcher. Now just wipe the field with your friend Mr. Quick and you will be a star forever.



  53. Bleaker
    3:48 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Nitey. Nite. Make yo booty hole tight, cardinals.



  54. Drew
    3:50 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    If you add it all up taking in the four major recruting services scout, espn, 24/7 and rivals kentucky comes in at 39.5 so lets round up and say 40.



  55. Dano
    3:53 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    In 2 months Stoops gets 28th in the nation. How about top 15 in 2014?



  56. MustangCat
    3:54 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Cannot believe we landed Hatcher! Rivals has been at the top of the recruiting mountain as long as I have been keepin up! 30+ years?! Nothing against the others, but their credibility isn’t half of Rivals. But we can count any and all of them when it comes to 4-star players! Which I think is now at 8 is it not!? For two months and change on the job, Stoops should win coach of the year before the first game!!



  57. Cats in the NBA
    3:54 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    33) and 51). You two should start a site together.



  58. The Real Deal
    3:54 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    The BEST way to look at it is: Kentucky is 30th in average “stars” per player.(RIVALS) That is a more realistic way to look at it. The better the average player is, the better your recruiting day was. For example: If someone signs 25 3 stars they will have a higher ranking than someone that signs 20 3 stars and 3 4 star players. But the better “average” stars and better class would be the second team.



  59. HAHAHA
    4:01 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Things haven’t changed, UK still wont win 4 games next year. He just has a better chance of playing at a scrub school.



  60. CAUKFAN
    4:02 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Is Stoops the Calipari of football. Remains to be seen but looking probable. Mitch haters suck it!!!!!!!!!



  61. DerbyDemon
    4:03 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #16–I don’t think signing Dennis Johnson amounted to a fart in a whirlwind. He NEVER played up to his potential and turned out to be a huge bust.



  62. James Quick
    4:04 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Please don’t hit me in the game, we’re still friends….right?



  63. Trolling For Tards
    4:10 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Funny thing about their sites…the longest threads are about UK or a UK player. Sites are now taking EBT and Rally coupons as membership payment.



  64. buzzard
    4:12 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    YES indeedee !!! It’s a great day to be a Kentucky Wildcat fan. Coach Stoops and his staff have done an incredible job.

    Jason Hatcher is a Great American.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!! I



  65. 8th In ACC
    4:14 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    At least we were ahead of Wake…Tardinal Strong!



  66. HAHAHA
    4:14 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    And evurybody here is a big ugly dumb face.and my trash talk is weeker then a small child.



  67. Calf
    4:14 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #62 – Johnson left after his JR year when he led the SEC and sacks and was drafted to the NFL. He wasn’t a bust.



  68. theSkinny81
    4:17 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink


  69. HAHAHA
    4:20 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I am a total dumbass and suck pitino’s and Strongs sewer’s clean. Yep, that’s me.



  70. The Hoff
    4:22 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Last year’s word was #RISE. This year is #BOOM



  71. Dano
    4:26 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    69) Exactly…I mean come on. Did the check spend that quick? HAHAHA is a great example of a Tard fan. Can’t brag about Flatbill nation, so you take shots at UK. #littlebrother 2 years ago they said you can’t win an NCAA Championship with freshmen. Blah Blah Blah #runningscaredandnotfromthepolice



  72. Clint Hurt
    4:30 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Kapin Kworters wone let me borrie da boat. Needz a bote for crutin.



  73. Dano
    4:34 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops on The U right now



  74. UKBlue
    4:43 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Not to be hating at all: UK & the BNN should send Monte Kiffin: strippers, his favorite beer, food, cigars or whatever to thank him for deciding to leave USC because this had a big part in why Hatcher isn’t going to USC. Well that & the fact Lane Kiffin is more than likely going to get fired by the end of next year if next season is seen as a failure at USC. I bet T Martin really wishes now he would have stayed at KY.



  75. This years word
    5:05 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    This years word should be #DUMP or #FART lol



  76. Bill
    5:06 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink


  77. Lynda
    5:15 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    USA Today Sports identified U of L as one of the 10 “losers” on Signing Day. Wow. Sure a different viewpoint than the Courier-Journal. For full disclosure, Missouri also listed as a “loser”, partly because their signing class is rated below UK’s and Arkansas.



  78. Paducahfan
    6:04 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    What happened to Micah ?



  79. Eric
    6:17 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    78 Thats actually incorrect. UofL was ranked as a top ten sleeper. Guess you didnt see the words SLEEPER right above the name louisville. Im a die hard UK fan but you lied. Sorry.



  80. Top 10
    6:21 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I think UofL will be in the top 10 that matters for years to come, while UK is trying to catch Vandy and WKU. Just sayin.You guys getting some recruiting class T-shirts printed up???



  81. Denny Crums Lettuce
    6:35 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why and the hell do you haters troll these sites?? Didnt yall see the Big Lebowski?? THE BUMS NEVER WIN! YOUR REVOLUTION IS OVER! MY SUGGESTION, DO WHAT YOUR PARENTS DID AND GET A JOB! BUMS!



  82. theSkinny81
    7:36 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    81 – Nope, we leave that to Louisville. How’s that “We were #1 for a week” shirt fitting?



  83. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    8:03 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome Mr. Hatcher!