Hatcher is healed

The state of Florida is known for producing some of the best athletes in the entire country. LSU has had much success in recent years grabbing some of the best the state has to offer and it continued that trend in the 2008 class with three signees from the Sunshine State, one of which was Delray Beach product Karnell Hatcher.

Karnell Hatcher


After racking up over 130 tackles and eight interceptions from his safety position the previous two years at Atlantic Community High, Hatcher was ready to go out with a bang in his senior season. Unfortunately, an early season injury put a damper on those dreams.


“I played probably 75% of last season with a torn MCL in my knee,” Hatcher said. “I actually tore it in practice the week before a game. I didn’t have surgery on it; it just had to heal by itself. I’m back to 100% now though.”


Despite the injury, Hatcher was still able to put together a stellar senior campaign that earned him offers from some of the country’s top programs including Michigan, Miami, and many others.


“I don’t have my stats in front of me, so I’m not sure how many tackles I had,” Hatcher said. “But I know I had three interceptions, three blocked punts, and a couple forced fumbles. I made all county and all state. I was invited to the UnderArmour all star game, but I didn’t play because of my injury.”


Hatcher hopes to continue his success on the football field next year at LSU.


“I want to be on the field as much as possible,” he said. “I know I have to go out and show the coaches what I can do, and hopefully they will put me on the field.”


“I know I will have a lot of competition at safety,” Hatcher continued. “I’m coming in as a free safety, but I will play wherever gets me on the field. I know LSU likes to put three or four safeties on the field at the same time.”


To see the field next fall, the 4-star safety knows he has to start getting his body in shape now for when he arrives on campus in June.


“I’ve been doing my own workouts and eating good to stay healthy,” said Hatcher. “I lift and run five days a week. On the weekends I run on the beach because that’s more resistance to run against.”


“I ran track too,” added Hatcher. “I did the triple jump and the long jump. My best in the triple jump was around 43 feet. In the high jump it was 5’10”.”


If all goes to plan, all the work he’s putting in now will allow the standout defender to be on the field for a team contending to repeat as national champions next fall.


“Next year we should repeat as national champs,” Hatcher said. “We just need to go out and dominate from the start and not let up. Last year they let teams back in the game a few times after starting fast. It’s the SEC though, so I know it’s tough. We just need guys to step up and fill the holes left from last year.”


Note: Hatcher claims a 3.6 GPA and 1000 SAT. He says he will report to LSU in early June for summer school and summer workouts.


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