Ronald Hatcher

Jr., Running Back, 5-10, 185

Birmingham, Alabama
Shades Valley H.S.

Prospects Hatcher switched positions in the spring, going to tailback from receiver, and finds himself with a chance to start in the Commodore backfield. Explosive and elusive, Hatcher has superb quickness and has improved his strength.

Played all 11 games, including a start vs. Auburn... Was Commodores’ top returner of kickoffs (20.5 avg.) and punts (7.1 avg.)... Team high 43-yard KO return came in season opener... Also caught 10 passes for 117 yards... Helped lead VU comeback win over Richmond with three catches for 61 yards, including career long of 54 yards... Had 18-yard catch versus Kentucky.

Played in every game as return specialist... Ranked sixth in the SEC with 9.4 yards per return... Caught two passes for 19 yards as RB.

High School
Two-time All-State player in football... Rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a senior, averaging more than 10 yards per carry... Scored 37 touchdowns his junior and senior years... Team was two-time 6A state semifinalists and won three straight area championships... Teammate of former Commodore WR Everett Robinson and former Alabama LB Saleem Rasheed... As a two-time All-State baseball player, batted .400 with 15 HRs as junior, .385 and nine HRs as senior... National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and member of National Honor Society... Vice president of FCA chapter.

Enrolled in the Arts and Science School, planning to major in economics.

Son of Ronald Sr. and Connie Hatcher... Born December 1, 1982... Father is a Birmingham (Ala.) police officer and mother is a pharmacist at Univerity of Alabama-Birmingham... Younger brother (Jack) is a rising high school freshman... Played left field for Commodore baseball squad in 2001... Known to teammates as “Scoot,” enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors... Has tutored middle school students with Backfield in Motion program.


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