Michael Castillo of ReignOfTroy.com reports on what certainly appears to be a change of heart from the talented 4-star defensive lineman:
A week after de-committing from USC, four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher is back on the wagon a member of the Trojans’ Class of 2013. According to Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com, the Louisville, KY native had an in-home visit with USC coaches Lane Kiffin, Clancy Pendergast, Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron. Tonight, Hatcher is listed as a committed recruit on Rivals’ full manifest of USC commitments.
For all intents and purposes, it seems as if Hatcher has re-committed to the Trojans. To clarify, Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com cites Hatcher's mother on the matter:
Orgeron met with Hatcher and his mother, Donna, last Thursday, and after the visit, decided to re-commit to USC.
Monday night, Hatcher tweeted "Fight On World" in symbolic fashion.
"He's going to go to USC, and we don't want to make it more drama than it already is," said his mother. "We've told people he is waiting until signing day, but he is sticking with USC."
Here's the tweet from Hatcher that Martinez is referencing:
This is a big boost of momentum for USC, especially considering all of the struggles the Trojans have had on the recruiting trail in the past few months.
Fight On world ✌— Jason A. Hatcher II (@ROCK_NATION_6) January 29, 2013
Hatcher is an extremely talented defensive end recruit, and he has great potential. He's ranked as the No. 6 weak-side defensive end in the 2013 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and checks in at 6'2.5'', 240 pounds and runs a 4.70 40-yard dash (247Sports).
Which former commit does USC have the best chance to get back?
They're still in the running for a few former commitments in 5-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and 4-star defensive end Kylie Fitts. Perhaps Kiffin can use Hatcher's re-commitment as a pitch on the recruiting trail with those two.
That momentum is also huge for USC in regard to being able to hold on to the elite recruits that are still committed to Kiffin's 2013 class.
Overall, this is a big recruiting win for the Trojans.