Hutchings, 'I'm solid'

USC commit Michael Hutchings spoke with FOX Sports NEXT following Thursday's practice at the Army All-American Bowl. The four-star linebacker says he's solid to the Trojans, but he'll take an official to the Pacific Northwest.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Michael Hutchings pledged to USC in July but knows come February 6th his word will turn to ink and he'll be locked in.

It came down to Washington and USC before the four-star linebacker chose the Trojans. He's still committed to USC and will be taking an official visit there, but first he's going to make one more trip north to Washington.

"I really just want reassure myself, make sure I'm making the right decision," he said. "That's a big decision and you can't go back on it."

While in Seattle, the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle product wants to tour the Washington campus once more and meet with coaches and players.

As for anything else he's looking for while at Washington? "I'm not sure," Hutchings said. "I'll see how that goes when I go out there. I know they're going to try to say ‘you can play as a freshman'. I'm open minded, so it should be a great visit."

A USC fan since childhood, Hutchings is looking forward to finally taking his official visit to Troy and hopes a defensive coordinator will be hired before his arrival.

"That is a big question mark," he said. "[USC] coaches will be here on Saturday, so we'll be able to talk to them about that situation. If it is a big name around college football it will seal the class off."

The other situation Hutchings wants to talk to coaches about? The team's bowl practices.

"We talked about it as the commits," Hutchings explained. "We just asked the coaches how the bowl practices went so we know what that situation was about. They weren't too enthusiastic about the bowl game, I know that."

Hutchings is one of 13 USC commits in this year's Army All-American Bowl. He says the experience playing with so many future teammates is "surreal" and it is evident there is no shortage of enthusiasm between the elite recruits.

"It's going great," Hutchings said smiling. "It's going to be a fun time to finally get out there and play and be with these elite guys."

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