Utah Nabs Hatfield
Athlete Dominique Hatfield
Athlete Dominique Hatfield
West Field Reporter
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw athlete Dominique Hatfield, an under-the-radar Utah commit, had a strong showing on Friday night, proving that the Utes' may have landed a steal...

On Friday morning, news broke that Utah had received a commitment from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw receiver Dominique Hatfield, an under-the-radar prospect.

Friday night, versus rival Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, Hatfield's performance showed that the Utes' could have landed a steal.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete was a game-changer, making big plays on both sides of the ball.

"The highlight for me in tonight's game was my first touchdown. A lot of corners were talking smack to me. They are my friends, but on the field, we aren't very friendly. I went up top and scored the first touchdown, put my team up, and that was my favorite highlight," said Hatfield.

The prospect also had two picks, including a pick six late in the first half.

Hatfield credited the win to the hours of preparation sacrificed by his team.

"We stayed up late, watching film for three or four hours and then going on to the field for another few hours. We knew what these guys were trying to do. They were ready for us, but we stepped up," he said.

Post-game, Hatfield was just as excited about committing to Utah as he was about the win.

"The coaches always call me and I've met them in person. Coach Brian Johnson is my main recruiter. I am very comfortable with them. They made it easy for me; they are giving me options, so that is the team I wanted to play for. Plus, they are a Pac-12 team," he said.

Though he was offered as a receiver, there is chance he could also see some time at corner.

"They recruited me as a wide receiver, but they found out that I had six picks before this game, so they are talking about playing me both ways," he said.

Hatfield isn't wasting any time, as he is trying to plan an official visit next week. He's also had the opportunity to watch the team play and has come away impressed.

"I like their offense a lot. They share the ball; they get it to the outside receiver, the running back, the slot. Hopefully I can play a little slot or outside receiver, get the ball into the open space. That's what I like," he said.

The prospect could potentially take some other visits, but is happy with his decision.

"I'll continue to explore my options, but right now, the Utes are number one," he said.

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