Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024


Seattle Times staff reporter

Landen Hatchett might be staying at Washington after all. 

On Sunday morning, the freshman offensive lineman made a post on the social-media platform X that simply said: “Go Dawgs,” along with a one-second video of Hatchett wearing his UW uniform and helmet, seemingly indicating that he will withdraw from the transfer portal and return to Montlake in 2024. 

While an official announcement hasn’t been made yet, a Hatchett return would be a boost for a UW offensive line that has been ravaged by transfers since head coach Kalen DeBoer and offensive line coach Scott Huff left for Alabama.

Landen and his older brother Geirean Hatchett announced they would hit the portal on Jan. 17, while Landen saying “I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal. I will take this opportunity to understand what is best for me and my college football career. Thank you.”

The Hatchetts were both four-star recruits out of Ferndale High School. Geirean joined the Huskies in 2020 and played in all 13 games in 2022, while Landen played in nine games as a freshman last season and was honored as the team’s “Travis Spring Most Outstanding Freshman” at the postseason banquet. 

When he announced his decision to enter the portal, Landen Hatchett became the fifth UW offensive lineman to do so after Geirean, center Parker Brailsford, left guard Nate Kalepo, and Julius Buelow at right guard. The Huskies won the 2023 Joe Moore Award as the “Most Outstanding Offensive Line Unit in College Football,” but will return little of that line in the coming season. 

The Hatchett brothers were pursued in the portal by the University of Oklahoma according to Collin Kennedy of 247 Sports. The elder Hatchett has not yet announced his post-UW plans, though he did say in his announcement on X that he would be “moving on.”

Players have 30 days to enter the transfer portal after the departure a program’s head coach, but can also decide to withdraw from the portal and return to their current school. 

With Brailsford set to join DeBoer and Huff in Tuscaloosa, Hatchett would have a good shot to claim the starting center job if he were to return for 2024, assuming he is fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered before the Sugar Bowl. 

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