Drake Hatcher is one of the best players from the Austell, GA area in the Class of 2022.
The 6-foot-1, 255-pound Hatcher, who attends McEachern High School, is an imposing player that works as a defensive tackle and defensive end.
Hatcher, who was a member of Youth1’s Freshman450 list last year, explains his strengths on the field.
“I think my strength is one of my biggest pluses. I work really hard in the weight room,” Hatcher said. “Football is a very physical sport so you have to prepare your body for it.”
Hatcher shares the aspects of playing along the defensive line that he enjoys.
“I love playing in the trenches. It’s a tough man position. I love making tackles and getting sacks,” Hatcher said. “Without a great defense, you aren’t winning anything in football so I understand how important my role is.”
Hatcher patterns his play after this star defensive lineman.
“I really love Aaron Donald’s game. He is physical, great against the run and a relentless pass rusher,” Hatcher said. “That’s the way I try to play when I’m out there on the field.”
Hatcher has a strong passion for the game of football. This is shown through his actions and behavior on the field.
“I love the contact, and the physical part of it. One on one against the man in front of you is a challenge that I enjoy,” Hatcher said. “The competitive nature of football is something that really gives me a rush.”
Hatcher does his best to show strong leadership to his teammates. It’s important to Hatcher that he sets a positive example on his peers.
“I try to show leadership by not missing practice or workouts going out and working hard every day whether it’s in the weight room or on the field,” Hatcher said. “The best advice I can give to myself and teammates would be to sacrifice and go hard.”
Hatcher has improved in many aspects since being selected to the Freshman450. Hatcher excitedly lists the strides he’s made in the last year.
“I spent a lot of time this offseason getting stronger and working on my technique. I’m nowhere near where I want to be or will be but I feel like on the road to an elite level,” Hatcher said. “I have goals that I have set and I won’t stop until I get there.”
Hatcher discusses what he’s been up to lately.
“I have attended a few college camps this spring and really enjoyed working with college coaches but mostly I have been with my high school team working out and getting ready for the season,” Hatcher said.
Hatcher lists some recent achievements he’s proud of.
“I recently participated in Georgia Elite Classic as well as Hotbed Freshman all American game,” Hatcher said. “Any time you get a chance to play in games like that it makes you better because you are going up against talented players.”
Hatcher outlines what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level.
“I’m constantly trying to work on my hands and my speed off the ball,” Hatcher said. “I’ve gotten better at it but working to get even better.”
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Article written by Rolando Rosa.
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