The USC football team filled the final two scholarship spots in the Class of 2013 with this weekend’s commitments from defensive linemen Jason Hatcher and Torrodney Prevot.
Hatcher, a four-star defensive end from Louisville, Ky., announced his decision to attend USC on Friday night. He almost committed to Louisville and Tennessee earlier in the process but after visiting the USC campus, he decided to become a Trojan.
Hatcher repeatedly said he always wanted to go away to school; he also admitted that the Big East’s tenuous conference situation had a slight impact on his decision not to attend hometown Louisville.
Tennessee was, at one point, his first choice, but Hatcher said UT’s loss to Kentucky last November, the Vols’ first loss to the Wildcats in his short lifetime, help take Knoxville off the table.
“You lose to UK, you lose to everybody, because UK finishes last in the SEC every year,” Hatcher reportedly told Tennessee coaches.
It’s worth noting that one of Hatcher’s biggest recruiters at USC was new assistant coach Tee Martin, who played at the University of Tennessee from 1996-1999 and coached at Kentucky, where he also tried to recruit the lineman.
Two days after Hatcher’s announcement, Prevot became the 18th (and final, because of NCAA scholarship reductions) recruit in the Trojans’ Class of 2013.
Prevot, who is scheduled to take an official campus visit on Nov. 4, said he fell in love with USC and Los Angeles when he attended the Rising Stars camp earlier this summer.
“USC is beautiful,” he said, adding that he felt comfortable there after meeting with the players.
The lineman out of Houston chose the school at least in part because of the strong academics reputation; Prevot’s uncle told USCFootball.com that education was the number one consideration when looking at his nephew’s college choices. Prevot plans to major in business management and wants to earn a master’s degree from USC.
“It’s a school that sets me up for life after football,” Prevot told USCFootball.com.
Hatcher and Prevot join a full class of defensive line recruits; defensive tackles Kenny Bigelow and Eddie Vanderdoes and defensive end Kylie Fitts have already committed to play for the Trojans in 2013. It helps shore up the D-line for the future, although Prevot’s smaller stature could eventually move him to linebacker.
The Trojans could use a few of those guys to add depth to the line this season, though, especially after losing starter Devon Kennard to injury.