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.