U-M Visit Distinct for Malone-Hatcher (Pt 2)

In part two of our interview with 2017 St. Joseph (Mich.) DE/LB Corey Malone-Hatcher the talented youngster discussed his growing bond with Michigan's defensive staff, the Wolverines' standing on his list, his decision timeline, and more.

--If you missed part one of this video feature, click here.


Sam Webb:  Coach Mattison and Coach Durkin they are big pieces to the puzzle. What did you think of those guys?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “They’re both very cool, very passionate about their players and about their coaching style.  If you look at their history, they’ve both coached some of the top players to come through college football.  Coach Durkin just coached the number three draft pick and number one defensive player coming off the board last year.  It was really exciting to see that I have an opportunity to work with them and hopefully we’ll continue to build those relationships.”

Sam Webb:  Give me an idea of what this visit did for Michigan’s standing on your list?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “We’re definitely going to be keeping a very close eye on them in the upcoming weeks and months.  I want to see how they perform on the field.  They’ve been working really hard.  You can tell they got a good environment and the coaching staff looks like they’re doing a very good job.  I really just want to see how it manifests on the field.  If they can get their performances right on Saturday, they’re going to be a very big contender.”

Sam Webb:  When you are in the moment on those visits and they’re showing you the video (saying), ‘this would be you’ and Harbaugh is giving you the personal attention, did you ever get that itch (and think) ‘this is what I want to do… this is where I want to be?’ Did that cross your mind at all?  Or was it always I’m going to stick to the plan.

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “I’ve had it a few times, but once I realized I was getting it a lot at different colleges, I realized I’ve got to slow down.  I had to step out of the dream phase that you get when you start getting your first offers.  I’m not really new to the recruiting business anymore, so I really have the time in the upcoming years to evaluate and see and I don’t have to make any hasty decisions as far as where I want to go.  I can find the best fit for me and my skills and my athletic ability.  I wouldn’t say I feel pressure to commit or anything.  My recruiting process is far from over. I’ve got a lot to learn, a lot to experience.  I’ve got a lot of questions I still have to ask about academics and expectations on and off the field.  I want to see how the other coaching staffs shape out, things change.  It is college football and you can never count on coaches to staff.  (If) the NFL comes calling things can change, so you’ve got to plan for things like that to happen because it is just inevitable that they are just going to.  You’ve got to be focused and you got to find the positive, but at the same time you’ve got to make sure that you remember it is still a business, so things happen real quick.”

Sam Webb:  The plan for you as things move forward, as far as summer with visits and camps, what does that look like for you?  And then you mentioned a timeline that seems like it is going to fairly long.  Are you going to be a kid that waits until signing day of your senior year to make that decision or when do you plan on cutting down your list?

Corey Malone-Hatcher:  “I’ll be at Sound Mind, Sound Body coming up here in a little bit so I can showcase myself in front of all the college coaches and scouts that are going to be there.  I’m excited for that opportunity.  It’s going to be a very fun setting to be able to compete with some of the top players in the region and across the country.  College camps that I’m taking for sure is that I’ll be at Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State.  I’ll make sure that I visit those before June/July ends.  I really want to get back to Penn State soon.  We may get back down to camp at Alabama and Florida State if we get around to it.  I don’t feel any rush to make any decisions.  Like I said, I don’t want to make any hasty decisions.  I don’t want to have any regrets as far as my recruiting process.  I don’t want to look back on it one day and say, I wish I had looked into this more, I wish I had taken my time and experienced some more stuff before I picked this school.  I’m not forced into a situation like that.  I’m blessed with the most valuable of resource on earth, which is time.  I really want to use that to the best of my ability, but if I do ever get that feeling that I really know then we won’t hesitate to pull the trigger so I can help make the pieces filling in around me, I can start working on getting those in.”

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