Keon Hatcher Pleased With OSU Visit

All-State wide receiver Keon Hatcher of Owasso, Okla., answered the phone almost apologetically. "Hey man, I've been trying to get some sleep," he said answering the phone. "I've been drifting in and out sleeping. I'm so tired." Asked if his official visit to Oklahoma State tired him out that much, he said yes. There were two late nights, but he then gave an enthusiastic description of his trip.

"Oh man, it was great," Hatcher began. "It was amazing. I cannot think of one thing about it that I didn't love. I loved everything -- the coaches, the players, they were all great. Everybody in Stillwater was so friendly.

"It was like one big family, and everybody knew each other and they all care about each other. People just came up and introduced themselves and said it was so nice to meet you and they hoped you came to school there. It all went right for me."

Hatcher, who has been committed to Arkansas, liked Oklahoma State. When he committed to Arkansas, he said he kind of shut down Oklahoma State. He said he went on this visit just to give them a chance and see what it was all about.

"They really opened my eyes," he said. "I can see why OSU is special, and coming off that visit, I love OSU. Next week, Arkansas is really going to have to bring it."

Hatcher was fired up and he said he was comfortable because a former Owasso teammate John Goodlett showed him around. He did confirm that they attended the Bedlam women's basketball game on Saturday which was an exciting 66-63 come-from-behind win for Oklahoma State.

The 6-1, 195-pound Hatcher has 4.5 speed with great hands and body control. He flustered defensive backs all season and almost single-handedly helped the Owasso Rams to a huge early season upset of eventual Class 6A state champion Tulsa Union. This season he finished with 100 receptions for 1,610 yards and 20 touchdowns, following up a junior season where he caught 76 passes for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns.

It is now on to Arkansas for Hatcher next weekend, and he revealed he will make a visit to Alabama-Birmingham on Jan. 27. Former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, now the UAB head coach recruited him to Arkansas, and so he has accepted McGee's offer to travel to Birmingham for a visit.

As for his decision and how he will announce it, Hatcher still isn't sure when or how.

"I've been thinking but I'm not for sure," he said. "It could be the middle of next week (after the Arkansas visit) or it may be on signing day. I still need to figure it out, but I will let you know."

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