Malone-Hatcher gets 'good vibes' from UM, MSU; decision today
St. Joseph, Mich. — Football coaches and fans are waiting with anticipation on Corey Malone-Hatcher's upcoming announcement at St. Joseph High Thursday afternoon on where he will attend college.
Malone-Hatcher, a four-star linebacker/defensive end rated by 247Sports Composite, will be a senior this fall at St. Joseph where he was limited to just two games this past season due to an ankle injury.
An articulate 6-foot-4, 245-pounder who enjoys writing poetry and short stories, Malone-Hatcher could bench press 275 pounds as an eighth grader. He improved dramatically his freshman year, going up against senior tackle Wesley French who was a Western Michigan commit.
"It helped me so much and was such a blessing to have somebody that physically was so much bigger and stronger than me because that had never happened before," Malone-Hatcher said.
Malone-Hatcher received his first offer, coming from Ohio State his freshman year. A dozen more followed his sophomore year, including Alabama, Michigan and Michigan State.
Malone-Hatcher now has more than two dozen offers with Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama and Wisconsin still high on his list.
"I really didn't receive my top five yet," Malone-Hatcher said. "Ohio State was my first offer my freshman year during my eighth grade year. It was unheard of back then. I was elated. It was a dream because we set that goal back when I was in sixth grade. At that time, when we set that goal, it wasn't about playing college, but about spending time with my dad (Orlando Malone), so it was an amazing thing for my entire family to see that picture come together.
"I get a lot of really good vibes from schools like Michigan and Michigan State. Notre Dame has been around a lot and I really appreciate them. Schools like Tennessee have come up to see me a few times and I have a really good relationship with the Wisconsin coaches, had some real good visits there recently."
Malone-Hatcher said he last visited Michigan in April on Junior Day.
"I just went out, hanged out with the coaches and other recruits," he said. "Really, Michigan has great energy. It's electric. 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.
"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, 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."
And, on Michigan State?
"Michigan State has been recruiting me for a long time and it was the second school that I ever visited, my first in eighth grade," Malone-Hatcher said. "They were kind of late to offer me, well after Michigan and Penn State my sophomore year so for a while I didn't think they were interested.
"They have really picked up on my recruitment as I've gotten older and they basically said they don't offer kids until they were ready to accept their commitment. Coach Dantonio told me that if at any point I was ready to commit that they had my spot, they were holding it for me which was so comforting for me."
Malone-Hatcher said he's visited Notre Dame 17 times with South Bend being so close to home.