The coaching staff at Ohio State has been recruiting the state of Michigan strongly since taking over. Ohio State is hoping to keep that going with class of 2017 star defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher. Malone-Hatcher a 6-3, linemen, does not hold any offers but has been gaining some strong interest from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Alabama. Although Malone-Hatcher does not hold any offers, the accolades are already rolling in for the star linemen. He was a part of the Maxpreps.com freshman all-american second team and hopes to build upon the success from last season. He has been following Ohio State for a while now and has a strong interest to come here.
“Any team that goes 24-0 over two season span, is definitely a real good team,” Malone-Hatcher said of the reasons he loves Ohio State. “I have been following them closely for a couple of years now and I think it’s a great program. I was at the Michigan for the Ohio State versus Michigan game and they just looked physically dominate. I really have a strong interest in them.”
Ohio State has always been on his radar and being from Michigan you know a lot about the rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State. He recently visited for Ohio State for Friday Night Lights and was able to compete and get a feel for the atmosphere. He felt that the camp helped him gain a better understanding of the game. “I participated in the camp and the competition was good,” Malone-Hatcher said of the camp. “It was good going against the older guys and I think the coaches were impressed with how explosive I was. I also loved learning from Coach Johnson. He is passionate about his work and I loved that.” Coach Johnson is paying huge dividends on the recruiting trail with his reputation.
Corey Malone-Hatcher still has a long way to go until his recruitment is over, but he knows that Ohio State has been showing him a lot of love. He told me that Ohio State is definitely in his top group of schools, most likely his top 5 list. He is just beginning the recruiting process, but the offers are going to be rolling in. He took a trip to Michigan yesterday for the BBQ and his father told me that everything went well on the visit to Ann Arbor. When he is not playing football, he enjoys relaxing with friends. I asked him what he would like to say to Buckeyenation and he responded with, “I love the atmosphere in Columbus! I definitely can picture myself playing under those lights!” I like where Ohio State has put themselves in his recruiting process. I think Larry Johnson is going to be a big factor in his recruitment. His dad and him both really like Coach Johnson a lot and thing he is a great coach.