If you’ve followed the Jason Hatcher recruitment from the start, you probably have enough to write a Hollywood script. The four-star Louisville, KY defensive end chose USC back in July, only to de-commit just days after his official visit in January.
Florida and Louisville were in play, in addition to Mark Stoops’s Kentucky Wildcats. A Florida visit was cancelled and Louisville was moved up then dropped after speculation that Clint Hurtt had ties to the Miami improper benefits scandal.
The result was the almighty re-commitment last week.
But, don’t count your eggs before they hatch, if you excuse the pun. Yesterday, 247Sports analyst J.C. Shurburtt proclaimed Hatcher to still be in play:
So Jason Hatcher is still in play….interesting. #SigningDay
— JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) February 4, 2013
If he’s going to land anywhere but Troy, it’s likely going to be Kentucky, as pointed out by pundit Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Hatcher has been to Lexington twice recently and a source close to Hatcher and Trinity High School has maintained that the link between the two is strong.
Does that mean that Hatcher to the Wildcats is a done deal? Who knows at this point.
Last week, Hatcher’s mother was adamant that he was headed to SC. Either way, the way Hatcher’s commitment has gone, don’t be surprised if things shift dramatically, as it’s likely to get cloudier before it clears up.
Hatcher’s Signing Day ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. in Louisville, noon Pacific.