"I haven't really even narrowed it down yet," Hatcher said. "I won't do that until the season starts. I want to live in a great city and where I get along good with the coaches. I also really want to be able to compete to start early."
Despite denying a leader, Hatcher is favoring Miami, LSU, Auburn, Michigan and South Carolina, but hasn't set up any official visits yet. He also has offers from Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, South Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Iowa, Georgia Tech and many others.
"It would be nice for my family if I stayed close, but it doesn't matter to me. I'm not worried about going away," he said.
"I'll probably go to several Miami home games because they are so close," Hatcher said. "I really think that Miami will fare very well this year. They'll definitely improve from last year. They have a new staff, new attitude and a new style."
Hatcher, ranked No. 67 in the Southeast by Scout.com and No. 13 nationally as a safety, attended camps at LSU and Georgia Tech. "LSU is real nice," he said. "They have great competition and produce great players every year. I also really like my position coach (Doug Mallory). We had some laughs at the camp and just felt real comfortable around each other."
One school that Hatcher would really like to visit is Michigan. "I don't really know too much about them," he said. "But I know they've got great tradition and I've love to be able to go to the Notre Dame game (Sept.15). That would just be an amazing experience. I've heard it's a great place to see a game and the atmosphere is supposed to be incredible."
Hatcher's season begins on Aug. 23 (Thursday) when Atlantic takes on Dwyer High School from Palm Beach.
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1050 SAT (three-part) - Sept. retake.