Even still Montez Hatten is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. Why? Our guess is that schools are shying away from the Westside star because he only stands 5'7 and weighs 178 pounds. If you look on some of the elite college football teams out there like LSU and West Virginia they both possess running backs on their roster at Hatten's size or smaller (LSU's Trindon Holliday & West Virginia's Noel Devine). Granted LSU and WVU might be a reach for Hatten there's no reason he shouldn't be getting looks from numerous colleges throughout the country if not the southeast region alone.
We caught up with the Westside star and recent North-South selection to talk about his career, season, recruitment, and future in this exclusive Q&A.
KF: What schools are you currently hearing from?
MH: Marshall, Charleston Southern, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Elon, North Dakota State, and Newberry.
KF: Do you have any offers currently?
MH: No sir.
KF: Name your top 5 list of schools currently.
MH: Marshall, North Dakota State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Charleston Southern.
KF: You rewrote the record books at Westside as the school's all-time leading rusher. What does it feel like to have such a successful career and be known as the school's best ever?
MH: It feels great. I mean I know I worked for this. It was one of my dreams and goals to be the best that ever came through Westside. I thank God for blessing me with the talent to do so.
KF: What are your stats this season? For your career?
MH: I have 1500 yards and 14 TDs this season. My career stats are 5,000+ yards and 54 TDs.
KF: Do you pattern your running style after any particular players or do you enjoy watching certain players to try and learn from?
MH: I like Walter Payton. I think I run like him because it was hard to tackle him and it's kinda hard to tackle me.
KF: What are you looking for in a college, what factors will be important to you?
MH: I'm looking to go somewhere that I can possibly play at, has a good coaching staff, and a good psychology field because that's what I plan on majoring in.
KF: Have you taken any visits to any colleges already? If so, where and how did you like them?
MH: I went to South Carolina last year and I loved it!
KF: You were named to the North-South game recently. How did you feel when you heard the news that you made the all-star game?
MH: I was excited because once again my hard work and dedication paid off.
KF: There are usually a lot of college coaches in attendance during practices and at the North-South game. Are you looking forward to working hard and showing some new schools that you're worthy of scholarship offer?
MH: Oh yeah. I plan on giving it my all during the entire week of practice and during the game on Saturday.
KF: You guys play Beaufort on Friday. What is your state of mind getting ready this week because it's win or go home now in the playoffs?
MH: Having a good physical practice, and getting ready mentally for the game.
KF: You and Lee Butler are great friends and players on the field. Opposing teams are going to have to try and slow the both of you down. What has it been like with Lee taking some snaps at QB with you in the backfield and getting the team back on a winning streak again?
MH: It has been fun because he is a great player just like myself and he is also hard to stop so its just like another Pat White and Steve Slaton combo but better. We go in the game knowing that in order to stop the run you got to stop the both of us, and I tell him (Lee) if they stop him they got to stop me and if they stop me they got to worry about stoping him. They can't stop the both of us. (Laughs)
A Closer Look At...Montez Hatten
3 favorite music artists: Li'l Wayne, Young Jeezy, and T.I
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite subject in school: English
Favorite video game: NCAA 2008
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite football player: Tom Brady
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Hang out with my teammates
Dream school: Georgia
Westside RB Montez Hatten
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