'13 Army Selection: Michael Hutchings

Concord (Cali.) De La Salle High outside linebacker Michael Hutchings earns elite status on 2013 U.S. Army All-American Team...

(Wharton, N.J.) Oct. 9, 2012 – Michael Hutchings of De La Salle High School, Concord, Calif., has been selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation's top 90 high school football players.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder bolsters an impressive roster for the U.S. Army All-American contest. Hutchings is currently rated as the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, making him a four-star prospect.

Hutchings has made a non-binding verbal commitment to sign with USC on National Letter of Intent Day.

Scout Eval - "Hutchings is well put together and has nice, long arms with a good base. He can take on linemen and usually makes short work of backs trying to block him. He can slip his blockers because he moves so well laterally. His hits are big and almost always end up in a ball carrier or receiver on the ground because he runs through them. Hutchings excels in coverage and does a great job on his pass drops. He's got tremendous instincts." - Brandon Huffman

"Michael is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at De La Salle High School," said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Michael possesses mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded him that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection."

Hutchings was selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.

For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation's premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, and Marcus Lattimore all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

--Originally Published by Greg Powers--

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