Hawai'i OT Hatchie, DT Rowley Talk Stanford

Hawai'i has become a breeding ground for linemen, and Stanford has crossed the Pacific to recruit a pair of the state's most coveted. Micah Hatchie and Graham Rowley are juniors at Waialua High, where they are two-way players for the agricultural town positioned at the base of Mt. Kaala, on O'ahu's North Shore. Both have received scholarship offers from Stanford, and both have expressed interest.

"I think Oregon and Stanford are my top two," said Micah Hatchie, a three-star offensive tackle. "Washington is right behind those two and then Colorado."

The 6-5, 295-pound Hatchie, Scout.com's No. 35 OT in the Class of 2010, has a slew of invitations from premier programs. Arizona, Colorado, Hawai'i, Oregon, SMU, Stanford and Washington have made official offers, while Cal, Louisville, Ole Miss, Oregon State and UCLA are also interested.

Graham Rowley, Hatchie's partner in crime on the offensive and defensive lines, has also been courted by numerous schools.

"Right now I have BYU, Hawai'i, SMU, Stanford and Washington [offers]," said the three-star defensive tackle, Scout.com's No. 21 DT in the Class of 2010. "And Colorado just offered me a scholarship last week."

Rowley is also drawing interest from Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA. He said that whether he plays offense or defense at the next level is dependent on the school that lands him.

"Stanford is O-line, but they said I might get a shot at the other side too," Rowley told The Bootleg. "BYU, SMU and Wazzu all want me to play D-line."

Rowley, who registered 10 sacks and forced four fumbles last season, said he prefers playing defense to offense. Hatchie, however, said he has no preference.

"Last year, I was defensive tackle most of the time and on offense I played guard and tackle," Hatchie said. "I like playing both ways and am pretty comfortable on either side of the ball."

Both of these native Hawaiians reported that they played about 90 percent of the snaps in every game last season. But while their contributions may be similar on the field, Rowley and Hatchie came by the way of football on two different paths.

Hatchie has been enveloped in football since his early childhood.

"My dad started coaching at the Pop Warner level in 1998," Hatchie said. "Now, he is the junior varsity head coach here at my school."

His father had played NCAA ball at Merced College (Calif.), but had his career shortened after quitting school to assist with family matters. Hatchie said his dad's situation has given him a perspective on what life's priorities should be.

If it hadn't been for the influence of some of his peers, meanwhile, Rowley may have never even stepped onto the football field.

"I was into other things and did not think I was going to play football at all," he said. "I actually just started playing when I was a freshman, only because all of my friends were, and then discovered I loved the game."

Despite his enormous 6-4, 270-pound frame, Rowley enjoyed skateboarding in his younger days, and that pastime kept him away from the pigskin until he was 15 years old. Judging from those extreme skateboarding crash videos, it looks as if Rowley might have switched to the safer sport.

Both linemen attended Stanford's first Junior Day in early March and were impressed mightily by what they saw.

"It was a huge campus, I like the football facilities and the coaches were really nice," said Rowley, who currently holds a 3.8 GPA.

Hatchie, who scored an 1160 on his first SAT attempt, got a glimpse of what practices may feel like on The Farm, and was enthralled.

"When I was watching practice, [the coaches] were all into it," he said. "It's like they think they are on the team, and I thought that was pretty cool. Watching Stanford practice that day was pretty pumping."

Coach Harbaugh has been known to knock a few helmets around during practice, so if either of these linemen decides to commit to Stanford, they will be receiving a head-on experience.

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