Hamilton's Hatcher Has Five Offers

Charlie Hatcher of Hamilton (Oh.) High School appears to be one of the top Division I-A prospects in Cincinnati this season. Hatcher already has five scholarship offers and is likely to get more this spring.

Defensive lineman Charlie Hatcher of Hamilton High School is one of the better prospects in Ohio that not many people are talking about. Hatcher (6-4, 265, 4.8) has five early scholarship offers.

"I have offers from Illinois, Indiana, Vanderbilt, UC and Miami of Ohio," Hatcher said.

Hatcher could play at end or tackle in college.

"I want to play DE but I will play anywhere. Tackle is fine," he said.

Hatcher plans on being in camp all around the region this summer.

"I will be at the Scout combine in Louisville and Nike in Columbus," he said. "I will camp at Ohio State and Michigan and might camp at BC and Michigan State. As a team I think we are going to camp at UC.

"Last year I went to Michigan camp and stayed for five days. They stayed in contact but not as much anymore but the coach that was recruiting this area took another job."

Hatcher certainly has plenty of fine options open to him already, but he does not seem to be in a hurry to make a choice.

"I don't know when I will make a commitment," he said. "I am enjoying the recruiting process so far. I have been impressed with what I have seen from all the schools recruiting me."

What will be the key factors in his decision?

"When I make my decision, it will come down to coaching and the quality of the football program," he said. "We have not been winning a lot and I want to play for a winning program. Academics will play a part too. I think I want to major in physics."

Hatcher has a new coach with a winning reputation to play for at Hamilton as former Dayton Chaminade-Julienne head coach Jim Place has taken over the job.

"Coach Place was hired at the beginning of February," he said. "He is not able to be over here full-time yet, but he is getting over as often as he can. The attitude that he is bringing over has really had an impact.

"He has us in the weightroom now doing 30 lifts in an hour and a half. It is grueling, but the results have been remarkable. I went from 515 to 550 in my squat in three weeks."

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