By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
When the football is in the air, T.C. Hatchett just simply believes it belongs to him.
The Choctaw County High School senior picked off 11 passes this season, among the best in the state of Mississippi in any classification.
“He just has great hands,” said CCHS head football coach Adam Dillinger. “A lot of defensive backs just have to knock the ball down, but he has the ability to catch it.”
Hatchett will be taking his pass defending skills to Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and in fact will be enrolling at the two-year school this January.
“I’m looking forward to going ahead and getting down there so I can get used to everything,” Hatchett said on Friday afternoon. “I can get going on my schoolwork and also get a head start on next football season.” Hatchett will be able to take part in spring practice with the Wolves, as well as work in the weight room.
As far as his penchant for intercepting passes goes, Hatchett says it has a lot to do with knowing where to be.
“When I cover I just go out and look for the ball,” He said. “The receiver tells me a lot about where he is going. I got out every day and practice the plays they (the opponents) are going to run and learn where I need to be.”
“He just does an excellent job covering receivers,” Dillinger said. “A lot of times we will put him on the other team’s best receiver and just let him go get them.”
“That’s fine with me,” Hatchett said. “I like the challenge. I was surprised they kept throwing at me this year.”
Hatchett, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds hopes to gain some strength and weight as he prepares for the 2014 season.
He says he knows several players on the Co-Lin team, including former Ackerman High School standout Trent Furr, who will a sophomore punter for the Wolves next season.
“I just think it’s a good fit for me and I’m looking forward to it,” said Hatchett, who turned 18 in August.