Former Kentucky football player Jason Hatcher was dismissed from the Wildcats program in February following a drug-related arrest.
Roughly four months later, the hybrid linebacker/defensive end revealed his plans to continue his college football career.
According to a report from The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones, Hatcher will transfer to West Georgia and expects to play his senior season this fall.
“I believe this fresh start will be very huge for me, because I’m coming down here without the past I had at Kentucky from high school on up,” Hatcher told The Courier-Journal. “It’s a completely clean slate for me, and I think that’s the biggest thing for me to move forward in a positive manner.
“Looking back on my career at UK, I feel that I hindered myself with off-the-field distractions. I feel that I never got the chance to showcase my full potential because I never could get over the off-the-field issues.”
The former U.S. Army All-American revealed in the interview that he moved to Carrollton, Ga. earlier in June to begin working out with the Division II football program. He hopes to rehab his image and play well enough to be considered for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Hatcher played in 30 games during three seasons with the Wildcats, accumulating 87 tackles and 5.5 sacks as a contributor to Mark Stoops’ defensive unit.