Hutchings talks NFTC, has top 5

One of the big name attendees at the NIKE Camp at Cerritos J.C (Calif.) on Sunday was Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings. The athlete had a solid workout and talked about where his recruitment is at right now.

Michael Hutchings said he measured in at 6-1, 205 pounds and looked good physically. He took a ton of reps in the one on ones and won his fair share. Coming from a program like DLS, Hutchings is already so fundamentally sound in terms of his feet and taking proper angles and spacing.

Hutchings isn't an incredibly explosive athlete right now but is smart and knows how to play the game.

"I think I did pretty good overall," Hutchings said. "I was a little rusty in some of the drills, some of the 7 on 7 stuff but in the one on ones, when it was just me and another player, that's where I excel and I was happy with how I performed there."

On Saturday, Hutchings attended USC's spring scrimmage and the Trojans are in a very good place for the linebacker right now.

"It was a great day, they had a lot of nice things planned out for us," Hutchings said. "There were a lot of great players and I think USC could put together a monster class. We're all talking similar to how a lot of the players in the 2012 class talked about going to California together.

"Chris (Hawkins) announcing for USC kind of gets things rolling and I think I could be a centerpiece for this class because I know all the guys looking at going there. I really have a great feel for the school and my parents like it there as well. They trust me that I'll do my research and all they really care about is making sure I get a great education and USC definitely provides that."

Hutchings went on to talk about how he could potentially fit in with the Trojans defense from a player personal standpoint.

"They just moved Tre Madden to running back and that's pretty big," Hutchings said. "They have Jabari Ruffin coming in but he's not a SAM ‘backer, which is where they're recruiting me. Su'a (Cravens) wants to play safety so really, that spot is open for me and that's where I think I fit in best."

As for other schools, Hutchings said he has a solid top five right now.

"Along with USC, it's Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington," Hutchings said. "I might add more and get to a top eight and just keep it right there during the season so I can focus on my senior year. I could also just go ahead and choose to commit before the season and get it over with.

"My parents told me that when I know where I'm going, I should just do it and get it out of the way, so that's another option. I'm going to try and do some unofficial visits in the summer, get the West Coast schools out of the way and then maybe visit Miami or Notre Dame for officials if I decide to take them."

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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