Defensive end Jason Hatcher was one of the marquee recruits in Mark Stoops’ first recruiting class at Kentucky last year. He had a solid freshman season with 19 tackles and two assists, but earlier this summer he was charged with marijuana possession.
That charge was dismissed in Jefferson District Court after the sophomore from Trinity High School completed a marijuana education course.
“He had a run-in that got cleared. A lot of things get made out when a kid gets in trouble and rightly so, because they’re high profile. He got cleared, and I don’t know if that gets enough publicity,” UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown said during an appearance at the Louisville Quarterback Club.
Brown said that Hatcher has “matured and has grown up a lot” at UK.
“I feel like he’s grown up a lot academically. He had over a 3.0 last semester. He had a really good spring practice. Most important, he had a great off-season program. That’s what he really needed was that off-season program,” Brown said.
“He’s playing behind the best player on our football team, Alvin Dupree. Not only is Dupree our best player but he’s also the best leader on our team. Just going to work today has made Jason Hatcher better. I think you’ll see a much better Jason Hatcher player, Jason Hatcher person this year.”