Louisville Football: DE Jason Hatcher Decommits from USC, Cards in the Mix

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IJanuary 23, 2013

Picture via the Courier-Journal
Picture via the Courier-Journal

Jason Hatcher, a 6'2" defensive end from Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky., announced via Twitter that he had decommited from the University of Southern California. He had been committed to USC since July of this year.

I official de-committed from USC #WideOpen

— Jason A. Hatcher II (@ROCK_NATION_6) January 23, 2013

The 4-star recruit took a visit to Kentucky two weeks ago and has visits planned for Florida and Louisville in the next two weeks. He will visit Louisville the weekend before National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

Hatcher's teammates at Trinity, receiver James Quick and athlete Reggie Bonnafon, both recently committed to Louisville and have been working on getting Hatcher to join them. 

He told Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal about how Quick and Bonnafon have talked to him about coming to Louisville, "Oh, yeah, they’ve been grinding on me at school and around the community."

Hatcher is considered the 14th-best defensive end and the 187th-best player in the 2013 class by ESPN.com. He has offers from several Division I schools including Arkansas, Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee and Notre Dame.

Scott Kennedy of Scout.com said of Hatcher:

Either an undersized defensive end or a jumbo outside linebacker, Hatcher has the speed to play outside linebacker and the frame to grow into an every down defensive end. He's tremendously quick off the line and fast in pursuit. He relies on speed and quickness rather than strength, because of his size. He uses his hands well and has a variety of pass rushing moves. To be an every down end, he'll need to get considerably bigger and stronger.

Hatcher had 37 tackles and 13 1/2 sacks his senior year against very good competition. His play helped him make it to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Kentucky has made a late push for Hatcher since Mark Stoops became the head coach and it will likely be a battle between the in-state schools for his services.

Louisville already has 13 commits for the 2013 class and are not expected to pick up too many more. But Hatcher is good enough that Charlie Strong would make room for him if he needed to.