Louisville (KY) DE Jason Hatcher (6-3, 240) took an unoffcial visit to USC for The Rising Stars Camp back in late June and vowed he'd be back.
Well, the next time he visits USC, he will be a Trojan commit, as Hatcher announced tonight he's committed to The University of Southern California.
"There are a few reasons I chose USC," said Hatcher. "First off, I had a great experience in Los Angeles when I visited in June. That was my first time I had stayed in Los Angeles for a long period of time. I knew I liked USC a lot already at that point.
"Then the experience of being at The Opening in Oregon, just being around the SC guys and the guys talking about signing with USC, did it for me."
An opportunity to be a part of what Hatcher described as a 'Monstrous' defensive line with Kenny Bigelow, Kylie Fitts, Eddie Vanderdoes was also a big part of why Hatcher chose the Trojans over Tennessee and Louisville.
Having opportunity to play for a winning program, a chance to win a National championship and getting a good degree were other reason Hatcher committed to USC.
"I want to win a National Championship," said Hatcher. "But really the most important things is to get a good degree. I don't want to get a lame degree that won't do me any good after I graduate. So, after that, it's football. I didn't want go to a school where I'm going to get beat every Saturday. I also want to go to a school where I feel comfortable. And it's impossible not to feel comfortable at USC."
Being able to come in and play early was yet another attraction at USC with Hatcher.
"Every time I spoke to Coach O (Ed Orgeron), he emphasized how important it was for USC to bring in a rush end," said Hatcher.And Coach Tee (Martin), who I have long-time relationship with, also said the same thing every time we spoke. I know they have guys leaving and I'm hoping I can come in and compete for early playing time."
As much as Hatcher wanted to go to USC, his mother, Donna, was hoping he would stay closer to home. But she gave him her blessing to commit to the school where he would be the happiest, even though that may mean she's not in the stands every weekend during the season watching him play for the Trojans.
Hatcher and his mother will visit USC next month when the Trojans have their first scrimmage at the Coliseum.