Lukai Hatcher | Wakefield High School | WR | 2021

Twitter: @lukai_hatcher


Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far.

A: I’ve been a starter on varsity since my sophomore year. I’ve always been talented but I began honing my craft as a WR & Safety. Regardless of where I am put, the job will get done. The recruiting process has been decent. I have gotten some exposure but when I show my abilities at the combine hopefully that will increase.

 

Q: When did you receive your first offer and what school was it from? How many offers have you received thus far?

A: As of July 9th I only have two D3 roster spot offers from Carthage & Hampden-Sydney. They both came within the past two months.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: My biggest accomplishment in my sports career so far would be making it to states for track & field in my first year; being a captain and starter for both the varsity football and basketball teams, winning the conference in football and making it to regionals for basketball; topped off by earning honors in each of my sports.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at your school?

A: There are too many to name but one lesson that I always carry with me especially in these uncertain times is that I have to learn how to control the things in my power and not worry about the things I can’t control.

Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?

A: I learned that this is a perfect time to separate myself from the competition. I’ve been focusing mostly on my speed and agility and route running. 

Q: If you could play in college, what would you choose to major in? What are your plans if football doesn’t work out?

A: I would major in either criminal Justice, cybersecurity, or business. If football doesn’t work I want to work for homeland security or a government agency. 

 

Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: They would say I am a very vocal leader but at the same time I lead with my actions and play. I am always someone they can lean on and wanting the best out of everyone. They will also say that on my off days they pick me up when I need extra motivation.

Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?

A: Last season against our crosstown rivals we were down with19 seconds left and I was given the opportunity to make a play and I caught a fade in the back of the end zone and won the game.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: I think my biggest challenge is staying healthy. Referring to hydration and rehab after each game. I’m still working on the hydration part, but I think my leg cramps are inevitable and I play through them but take ice baths when needed.

Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: As a WR I I’d say Julio Jones because I’m pretty tall and I’m quick and I have the ability to go up fight and get the ball. Defensively I would compare myself to Tyrann Mathieu because I’m not as built as a lot of kids my age but that doesn’t stop me and I still love to hit.

Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?

A: My biggest strength is my versatility. I play multiple sports and I excel at them all. In each sport I play every position (except the obvious linemen) and do every event or sprint. I adapt to the task at hand and become the very best possible.

Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?

A: I am training. I am working on my speed and each drill that will be tested at the combine. My goal is to be the very best and show what I really can do, and all the offers and opportunities will follow.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: short term will be getting a fully ride scholarship. Long term will be to have a good job whether that be the NFL or something else but I need to be financially free and stable.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports?

A: I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Yes, I play basketball and run track&field 

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: My mother 

Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

 A: Probably just i’m the youngest of four athletes and we all have similar names that start with L. Lyric, Lyrin, Lukas, Lukai (me)

 Football 2019-2020 Season

Team caption as a junior

  • Second team All Region

Wide Receiver

Punt Return

  • First Team All District

 Defensive Back

Punt Return

Wide Receiver

  • Second Team All District

Kick Return

  • School Honors

Utility player of the yea

Basketball

 First team all district

Liberty District Defensive Player of The Year

Second Team all Region

Team caption

2020 Indoor Track

High jump (6’2) 2nd place in the district

Qualified for states and was ranked 7th in Virginia but didn’t compete because of injury.

2019 Outdoor Track

School honors

Rookie Of The Year

District Accomplishments

4th In the district for High Jump(5’10)

3rd in the district for 4×400 (52 second split)

Jumped 21’1 qualifying for states in Long Jump.