Hutchings commits to USC

LB Michael Hutchings

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings said his childhood favorite school growing up was USC. The athlete fulfilled a dream on Sunday when he committed to the Trojans.

Michael Hutchings narrowed his choices to California, Oregon and Washington in addition to the Trojans, but USC was always going to be tough to beat in this one.

"I actually made my final decision about two weeks ago," Hutchings said. "My final two were USC and Washington and I really enjoyed my visit to UW a few weeks back. For me though, USC was just a better all around fit and I felt a little more comfortable there.

"I have a great relationship with the coaching staff at USC and Coach Hazelton is a fantastic linebacker coach. The entire staff has so much experience and I always liked the schools combination of academics and athletics. The network opportunities living in SoCal, the winning tradition of the program and just how comfortable I felt whenever I visited was too much to pass up."

Hutchings will be a three year starter for the Spartans next year and is one of the region's top linebacker prospects. There was some thought early on in the process that the athlete could play safety in college but he was recruited to play strong side linebacker by the Trojans.

‘I'm comfortable playing wherever they want me to play," Hutchings said. "I was just at USC last week for the Rising Stars Camp and I worked out mostly at strong side ‘backer and I'm good there. I think a lot will depend on how much bigger I get but I think that's a very good fit for me.

"It feels really good to have my decision out of the way early and now I can focus on my senior year and hopefully winning another state title. I went back and forth about whether I should commit early but I'm very relieved this is over. We're bringing in an incredible recruiting class this year and I'm excited to be a part of it."

The commitment from Hutchings is No. 11 for the Trojans and every one of them is rated as a four star prospect or higher. Hutchings is currently rated the No. 3 OLB and No. 46 player overall nationally this year.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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