With all the activity of recent weeks, there has been a sense that Cardinal recruiting has been decidedly on the fast track for 2010, however, The Bootleg's Scott Cooley talked today with a four-star OL who seems perfectly content to follow his own timeline. Read on to hear what's happening with Micah Hatchie, one of the top overall players in Hawaii and still a leading OL target for Stanford.
lineman Micah Hatchie is about as mild-mannered a high school football player
one might find. Hatchie's even-keeled personality has suiting schools
scratching their heads as to where they stand in the recruiting
In The Bootleg's first
interview with Hatchie, he said that Stanford and Oregon were the
top two schools on his list. After picking up offers from Washington State and Cal,
Hatchie now reports that his selection process
"Right now I would
say I am still open to all of my offers," said Hatchie. "It's wide open at this point."
Hatchie is a physical
specimen for an offensive lineman. At 6-5, 295 pounds, Hatchie lines up at the guard and tackle positions on the
O-line, but also plays defense for the Waialua High Bulldogs.
"I will play
anywhere…guard, tackle, defensive tackle," he said. "It's fun playing both ways
so I will play wherever they want me to. I don't have a preference."
With close to a
six-foot-wide wingspan and hands that measure nearly 11 inches, it's probably
safe to say that Hatchie doesn't get bullied
around in the trenches too often. He uses those attributes to his advantage as
an offensive lineman.
"My long arms are
good because I can knock my opponents over and keep them away from my body so
they won't get their hands on me and push me back," he said. "My hands help me
drive them more in the direction I want them to go."
Hatchie recently sustained a
few minor injuries that have kept him from participating in some summer football
camps. Neither is too serious and he hopes to be back at 100 percent by the time
his senior year begins.
"I aggravated my
right shoulder which I had surgery on in January, but it's healing up."
Hatchie said. "I also did something to my
finger and when I went to the trainer she said I might have torn a tendon. But
it's all good."
Hatchie describes himself as
an aggressive player that has fun, likes to hit and follows through on his
assignments. He is excited about his final season of high school football and
has moderate expectations.
"I just want to get
out there and play some good games, hopefully go all the way if we can," he
said. "But we just want to have fun out there, play as hard as we can and win as
many games as we can."
Hatchie doesn't have plans
to take any school visits this summer, and doesn't seem to be in any rush to
make a decision.
"I am probably going
to take some [visits] either during my high school football season or right
after," Hatchie said. "My decision will
probably come at the end of my football season, maybe sometime around
Do you have a "premium" subscription to The
Bootleg? If not, then you are seriously
missing out on all the top Cardinal coverage we provide daily on our
award-winning website. Sign up today for the biggest, baddest
and best in Stanford sports coverage with TheBootleg.com (sign-up)! At The
Bootleg, "WE WRITE!"