The Razorbacks begin August workouts Thursday afternoon. The newcomers take the field at 3 p.m. the veterans begin about three hours later.
Hatcher is a freshman wide receiver from Owasso, Okla. The 6-2, 205-pounder was one of four players selected to meet with the media before the team dinner.
Actually, Hatcher admitted that it has been plenty warm in Fayetteville the last two months as he worked in the Arkansas summer conditioning and strength program. But he knows it's a lot hotter in Oklahoma after a final trip home this past weekend.
"I said right then when I saw the forecast, let me get back in Fayetteville. That seven or so degrees difference may not seem like much, but you sure can feel it."
The temperatures should be near 100 when the newcomers hit the field Thursday. But it's been like that for awhile this summer. Hatcher thinks the team will handle it fine.
"We are just going to keep working," he said. "We've been doing pretty good. You gotta keep working."
That's his plan to convince coaches that a true freshman can be in the plans at wide receiver, a spot that needs a little help in the depth column.
"You just keep working and then let the coaches evaluate," he said. "At the end (of camp), they are going to put in who they think has worked the hardest. I think I can do it. I have faith in my self."
There doesn't seem to be any confidence lacking on the Arkansas team. Defensive tackle Alfred Davis, voted captain after spring, said the Hogs "will be fine" despite losing head coach Bobby Petrino last spring.
"We may have lost a coach, but we are the same team with the same players," he said. "We did lose a head coach. But we have his brother. He does some of the same things.
"We dealt with things as they happened this spring. You always have some adversity. You just find a way around it and I think we did."
Davis isn't worried about the hot weather.
"We picked the hot part of the day to do our conditioning this summer," he said. "We were out there at 2:45 in the afternoon. We did our running and handled it. There were things to test us before the running -- up downs and stuff like that. The idea was to tire us down even before we got to the conditioning. I'm not saying it won't be hot, but we can handle it.
"Our team did well this summer. There was no one missing there times. I thought we conquered the summer."
Davis looked like a comfortable 320, probably near his playing weight from the last couple of seasons, perhaps just a bit lighter.
"I am not far off my weight from last year, but I'm different as far as body fat. I'm leaner and stronger."
Davis said he's tried to step up as a captain over the summer. He said he's always tried to express himself in drills when they are just with the defensive linemen. But he's stretched out his leadership in other positions this summer.
"I think the other D-linemen know that Big Al is going to say something when we were just us," he said. "But I think after getting voted captain, I knew that the others were going to listen to Big Al, too. So I'm not going to let something go if it's the linebackers or any other spot now."
Hatcher said he's gotten the idea in quick fashion this summer that the Hogs are shooting high. He knew that coming in, too.
"I think you know that expectations are high for this team," Hatcher said. "But I don't look at that as pressure. I think the way I try to explain it is that for those looking in at us from the outside my have high expectations, but they are not as high as what we have in our team. So there is no pressure from anyone else. We put more on us than anyone else could. It's all from us and what we expect. We are going to surprise a lot of people."
Hatcher said he's had a good summer learning from veterans like Cobi Hamilton.
"He's helped all of the younger receivers learn," Hatcher said. "He's been good to show us what is the right way and then what you shouldn't be doing as far as the routes."
And then there's the coach-like instruction from quarterback Tyler Wilson.
"It is like having a coach out there each day with Tyler," Hatcher said. "He's a great leader. He is like another coach. Everything is done right on point with Tyler. He's been a great help for all of us."