Hatchell Impresses At MSL

Jacksonville, North Carolina athlete Bobby Hatchell is one of the fastest prospects in the state of North Carolina in the class of 2006. A blazing wide receiver/defensive back, Hatchell proved his speed this past weekend at the MSL combine at Duke University.

"I did alright," Bobby Hatchell said of his weekend performance. "I had a 4.52 electric timed 40. It was actually the fastest time out there. Considering [the artificial surface]what we got to run on, I think that's about what I should have run."

Hatchell, who was attending his first camp of the year, enjoyed his time in Durham. "It went good," he noted. "I had a lot fun out there. They even gave me a nickname while I was out there. They called me speedy out there."

Hatchell, who measured in at 5'7, 150, also plans on attending several more events in the coming months. "April 15th I'm going to the Shrine Bowl combine at Greene Central," he said. "April 24th is the Nike camp in Blacksburg, Virginia and my last one is May 14th at Furman University."

The Jacksonville native hopes to continue to impress on the camp scene as he hopes to attract interest from more colleges throughout the nation. So far, several ACC programs have already shown interest in Hatchell.

"Wake Forest sent me letters, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia, schools like that. I'd say my favorite is Wake Forest right now. I really have only been there once, but I like their coach, Jim Grobe." Hatchell visited Wake Forest this past October for the Florida State game.

Though Hatchell believes he has the speed, cutting ability, and field vision to play at the next level, he knows that the difference between the high school and college level is immense. "It is a big adjustment [from high school to college,"] Hatchell said. "Everything you do [has to be] better. It's a faster paced game."


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