Louisville’s top defensive end, Jason Hatcher, has committed to USC. The 4-star player is the ninth best end in the Class of 2013, and he becomes the 17 commitment to the Trojans’ class, and the second from the state of Tennessee.
Hatcher chose the Trojans over Louisville, and Tennessee live from his hometown of Louisville on Rivals.com.
Hatcher pushes the Trojans to the all important 17-commitment mark, meaning that if Silas Redd is to transfer to USC, Lane Kiffin’s class is essentially maxed out. Redd would take one of three early enrollee spots remaining for the Class of 2012 along with Max Browne and Chris Hawkins, while the remaining 15 players would count towards the Class of 2013, which is limited due to sanctions.
With Devon Kennard’s injury and the presence of Leonard Williams at end as well, Hatcher won’t have to produce immediately at USC, but his stature on the line of the future next to Kenny Bigelow, Eddie Vanderdoes and Kylie Fitts, is huge. He brings an explosiveness off the edge that the Trojans look for, as he comes in the mold of a Kennard, with a nearly identical frame coming out of high school, at 6-foot-2.5, 240 pounds.
Hatcher also gives the Trojans an astounding 13 committed players that attended The Opening. For comparison’s sake, at the time of the event three weeks ago, the entire Big Ten conference had 20 committed players headed to Nike.