UM lands four-star DE Corey Malone-Hatcher

The Detroit News
Corey Malone-Hatcher

Corey Malone-Hatcher, a four-star defensive end from St. Joseph (Michigan) High, on Thursday announced that he would play college football for Michigan.

Malone-Hatcher (6-3, 225 pounds) is ranked the No. 1 defensive end in Michigan and No. 24 in the nation by Scout.com. He is ranked the No. 287 player at any position nationally for the 2017 class by Scout.com.

Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama and Wisconsin were among the other schools Malone-Hatcher was considering.

Malone-Hatcher said his last visit to Michigan’s campus was in April on Junior Day.

“Michigan has great energy. It's electric,” he told The Detroit News on Wednesday. “The coaching staff comes at it with such an aggressive mentality, looking for gains and improvement every day. They do everything they can to maximize every day. I just like the way they attack the grind.

Malone-Hatcher was impressed with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh during the recruiting process.

"I've had many conversations with Coach Harbaugh and I don't think he's lost one ounce of competitiveness since he was in high school, college and the NFL,” Malone-Hatcher said. “So just seeing that I feel that will bleed to the players and I'm sure they're going to have a really good squad the next few years."

Malone-Hatcher becomes the 13th commitment in Michigan’s 2017 class and second defensive lineman, joining Berrien Springs (Michigan) tackle Phil Paea.