Trinity DE Hatcher will make four visits

Trinity High School four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher said he's still committed to Southern California but will visit three other schools. Hatcher will make visits to Kentucky, Florida and Louisville.

Trinity High School four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher gave a verbal commitment to Southern California before his senior season started.

"I am still solid on my USC commitment," Hatcher said on Tuesday night.

But that doesn't mean the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Hatcher doesn't want to still do some looking around at other schools.

Hatcher will make his visit to USC on Jan. 17 but the week before will be headed to Kentucky (Jan. 11). Once he returns from USC, Hatcher will visit Florida (Jan. 25) and then Louisville (Feb. 1) before confirming his decision.

"It's hard to say how I am going to feel after those visits," Hatcher said. "Right now, I don't want to say, ‘Yes' and I don't want to say, ‘No.' Right now, my heart is set on going to USC but I just want to make sure."

Hatcher, who helped Trinity to its third straight Class 6-A Kentucky state title last week, will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 5.

As a senior, Hatcher had 37 tackles, including 17 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks. He also blocked a kick and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

"I tried to keep my motor running in all aspects of the game," Hatcher said. "It was a great improvement (this season) for me, chasing ball down in open space, open field tackles, trying to work on leadership. I improved a lot."

Hatcher said he's fielded a lot of calls in recent weeks.

He said he's told the USC staff from the beginning he was committed but "wanted to look around and make sure."

Louisville has remained in contact throughout the season and he visited Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for several games. Florida has also stayed in contact and he said he recently set up the official visit with the Gators.

"I like them a lot, I do," Hatcher said.

Hatcher said Kentucky has made a "big push," for his services since Mark Stoops was hired as the head coach last week.

Stoops has talked to Hatcher on the phone, while defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot has been to Trinity twice, while offensive coordinator Neal Brown was also at Trinity on Tuesday.

"Coach Stoops said he's going to come and see me too," Hatcher said.


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