Hatada, a senior at Rocklin High School in northern California, chose Boise State over offers from Washington State, Nevada, Fresno State, San Diego State, and numerous other programs. He took his official visit to Boise for the Wyoming game, and loved every second of it.
"It was so cool," he said. "I went on unofficial one time and I've been to Boise when I was younger. Every time I go there it's amazing.
"I'm so happy with my decision."
Defensive line coach Steve Caldwell was supposed to visit the three-star recruit for Rocklin's game against Nevada Union High School last weekend, but travel issues prevented it from happening. The face-to-face time with his future position coach will have to wait, but communication between the two remains frequent.
"I talk to the coaches almost every day, either on the phone or on Twitter," Hatada said.
With his college decision made early, Hatada has been able to focus on his final prep season. After battling through a PCL sprain in his knee during the early part of the year, he has come back with a vengeance at his defensive tackle position and helped guide the Bulldogs to the California state playoffs.
"Coming back was probably the best feeling ever," Hatada said. "When I was out, it was really bad. Then when I got my first series back it was a great feeling. I didn't realize how much I had missed it."
It's no secret that Boise State graduates a large number of players from the defensive line after this season. Hatada is in prime position to play as a true freshman, but knows he has to earn the right and privilege to do so.
"Everyone hopes to get in there pretty early and get some snaps," he said. "I'm just going to work my tail off to make sure I give myself the best chance to play."
Hatada and Rocklin face Burbank High School Friday to begin their run in a tough California state tournament.
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