Posted: Jul 30, 2012 11:19 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2012 11:30 AM
Trinity High School defensive end Jason Hatcher committed to play college football at the University of Southern California in an announcement Friday.
Hatcher picked the Trojans over Louisville and Tennessee, among other major D-I programs.
"It didn't come down to one thing," Hatcher told USCFootball.com. "It was a multitude of things. It was the private school education. It was the players I already knew there. It was the fact that they have senior defensive ends and that I have a chance to play early."
Rivals.com ranks the The 6-foot-3 240-pound senior the No. 2 Kentucky prospect in the class of 2012, behind teammate James Quick. Hatcher finished his junior season with 40.5 tackles, 12 for a loss. He sacked the quarterback seven times and recovered three fumbles.
Hatcher admitted UofL's affiliation with the Big East factored into his decision.
"I'm not going to say it was a big reason, because I believe you can have success at any school at any conference. But the Big East, that was kind of a small concern, being that after the next couple of years they might not even be a BCS contender."
The Trinity standout said football wasn't the only reason he picked the Trojans.
"I want to win a National Championship," he said. "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."