Corey Malone-Hatcher had been patiently waiting for a Michigan State offer to come around. But Saturday, it was not anything the St. Joseph (Mich.) sophomore defensive end was expecting to happen – and it is exactly what he got.
”I was really excited,” he said, “because we have been up to MSU 7-8 times and the fact that it took a long time, it was a lot more gratifying to know I was able to wait through it and be patient and having everything still go the way I wanted it go in the end.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Malone-Hatcher also came to understand the reasoning behind Michigan State’s deliberate policy about offering recruits. He was told how an offer will only go out if MSU is willing to accept a commitment on the spot. He also learned the Spartans had been doing some research before making the decision.
”They said had been watching my film all morning,” he said. “I know they had made contact with my head coaching and another coach that’s really close to the program and that is a really close friend to our family.
”They contacted them that morning and were basically talking, asking questions about me and my character and everything. basically, doing their final background check before they pulled the trigger.”
The rest of the day consisted of talks with coaches, including while at the Michigan State-Illinois basketball game.
Much of that time was spent talking with defensive line coach Ron Burton, who he said is an “awesome dude.”
”He has a ton of knowledge and he understands the game really well,” he said. “He was giving me a lot of tips about my game. Even during the visit, he was still coaching me up and giving me tips on what he saw at camp. It was really cool to be able to talk to him and be coached up like that.
”He said they like my first step and I’m a very gifted pass rusher. … They watched my film and liked a lot of what they saw, but he also said they saw a lot of room for improvement. … I had a good film, but I also made a lot of mistakes that could be adjusted to make myself better in the end.”
At the basketball game, Malone-Hatcher was sandwiched between coaches Mike Tressel and Mark Snyder.
”They were telling me how they watched tape and they were really excited and they are really looking forward to the future,” he said.
And while he was learning and being told what Michigan State liked about him and why they wound up offer Saturday, he is fully aware of why he likes the Spartans.
“It’s a very blue collar school. They may not have the top three defensive ends in the country all commit to them. They may not have a top three class rating overall for the 2015 class, but I have no doubt in my mind they will work out the recruits they got and those recruits will be maximized.”
He has been hearing from a lot of schools down south and could take a swing down to Florida soon.
”The TCU coaches, they have chatted with my dad,” he said. “We are seeing some interest from them which is cool. I know they have got a strong defense.”