"I had an ‘SC shirt on and [officials] made me take if off!" Hatcher said smiling. "So this is the shirt they've assigned for us to wear."
It's the last time he'll be spotted donning the colors of his soon-to-be cross-town rival.
"No doubt," he's all USC.
The Louisville (Ky.) native will be making his way to Los Angeles on January 18th for his official visit with the Trojans.
"I'm just looking to have some one-on-one time with Coach [Ed Orgeron], so I can find out who this d-coordinator is going to be," he said.
Hatcher doesn't anticipate the hiring of a new defensive coordinator will impact his commitment, "Coach Kiffin and Coach O, they gave me their word on the change-up and if it was still going to be the same," he said. "They told me that no matter what they'll still want me, so it won't affect my decision that much."
Neither do the results of this year's disappointing 7-6 finish, though Hatcher was the second USC-commit of the day to call it "a little embarrassing."
"I just think the unfortunate season shows the desperation they have for defensive guys," he said.
Smiling, he explains the Gators "recruited me and then backed off, recruited me and then backed off." Eventually they asked him to make a trip to Gainesville and Hatcher said, "ok, cool."
Kentucky has been a prominent house-guest, making multiple home-visits with Hatcher. An effort he says makes him want to go to Lexington to "see what they have to offer."
His home-town school, Louisville, has always been one of Hatcher's top choices. The Cardinals will also be his last official visit.
Four USC commits are featured on the East team, including Hatcher, providing the defensive end a preview of what the next four year's at USC will be like.
"We're all just out here going hard," he said. "Hopefully we can start a winning tradition and bring back the real ‘SC."