U-M Visit Distinct for Malone-Hatcher (Pt 1)

St. Joseph (Mich.) DE/LB Corey Malone-Hatcher had been on plenty of visits to Michigan before stopping through last Saturday, but his latest Wolverine experience may have been his best yet.

Sam Webb:  Take me through the visit, how were things for you in Ann Arbor today?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “As soon as we showed up on the campus, we got a lot of love, right when we first walked in the door, signed in and got our name tags. The first person we met was Coach Harbaugh and Coach Mattison.  So it was really cool to see that they would show us that kind of attention even with a lot of the top prospects in the country there and the top players in Indiana – Auston Robertson, Austin Mack, they definitely made us feel very special and a like a very high priority to them.  We spent a lot of time in the team meeting room, not only coaches but academic supervisors and professors, basically just giving us a rundown of what life would be like on campus.  Not like it was sugar coated, it was real raw about what we would be doing if we were student athletes and not athlete students.  So they gave a very good presentation about how academics are a priority of them and they are definitely going to make sure that they pound that into their players, which is definitely a good thing on all levels.  You really got to have that mixture because at the end of the day, football is going to end, so you’ve got to be prepared mentally and from an academic standpoint.  There are not many degrees in the country that can top Michigan as far as being ranked nationally.  I’m very excited about that opportunity.”

Sam Webb:  I’m sure you had an opportunity to speak with Coach Harbaugh on the phone before.  Your impressions now that you’ve had an opportunity to spend extended time with him face to face, what did you think?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “He’s awesome.  He’s not a typical head coach.  He doesn’t have a pedestal that he likes to sit on.  He gets his hands dirty, his feet wet a little bit, so he is very involved with his players, his team, with his recruitment.  He gave like his entire campus around the football facilities.  Those were all led by him.  He took us around all day.  He was involved with the entire visit.  He never really handed off the torch to anybody else.  It was cool to see that he really had that passion and that drive to want to stay involved with that process.  You can definitely tell he is focused with getting this football team ready.”

Sam Webb:  You are one of the most heavily recruited guys in the state… in the Midwest even.  You’ve experienced college campuses before and college coaches. Was that unique to see Harbaugh the head coach leading the tour?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “Yeah definitely.  I think that’s definitely one of the things that stands out.  He seemed like he really wanted to be a part of anything.  He wanted to showcase the fact that he will be in involved in not only with the guys that he has to talk to on a daily basis as far as practice, the people that he works with on offense, but he wants to be involved with the whole team.  He’s a fatherly figure to all the guys.  Knowing my parents are not going to be on campus with me. You’re not going to avoid being homesick – that’s impossible.  You can kind of try and nullify it a little bit with the homegrown type feeling, and I definitely think they have that type of environment and atmosphere at Michigan.  I think that’s really cool that they would take the time and opportunity to be able to make that stand out as one of the points that they have at Michigan.”

Sam Webb:  What picture did they paint for you?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “They definitely made me feel like a priority.  They said that I was their top defensive recruit in the country.  They wanted to start their defensive recruiting class with me.  So they think I’m a very large piece of the picture that they’re trying to paint.  They definitely made it very clear what my responsibilities would be on defense.  They had four, five or six minute cutout of just my position with the defensive players in the meeting room.  We were going over specifically my reads and my sensibilities on defense, laying out the whole package for me really so I didn’t leave with any questions about what they wanted me to do.  I have no doubt in my mind that I would be ab

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