Hutson, the son of Tulane offensive line coach Mark Hutson, is an Army All-American Game selection. He said this weekend he focused on learning more about Ole Miss since he will be here soon for good.
"It was more to get acclimated," Hutson said. "I already knew a lot about it since I was there for Junior Day and for those games (this fall). But it was good to find my way around a little more."
Hutson, whose dad played at Oklahoma and was an All-American for the Sooners, said being here a semester earlier than the rest of his fall of 2011 classmates is a plus.
"It will definitely be good going through the extra months of work," said Hutson, who picked the Rebels over Arizona, Colorado, Tulane, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, and others. "Being there for spring practice and going through classes for a semester will give me an advantage."
An advantage that he welcomes as he becomes a part of a youthful but maturing offensive line. Mark Hutson coached with Houston Nutt and Mike Markuson in their previous stops. Mark said his son is in good hands.
"Houston is just a fine, fine man and I think the world of Mike, who will be directly coaching Ethan," Mark said. "Mike is an outstanding offensive line coach, and he does as good a job developing talent as anyone in the country, if not better.
"I took my coaching hat off during this recruiting process as much as I could, but it thrills me that Ethan is going where Mike Markuson can coach him. He's exceptional, and I know that from having coached with him for seven years."
Ethan said he's looking forward to improving in every aspect, and he is pleased his first semester here is one that gives him the opportunity to do that.
"It all starts when I get up there," he said.
He also said he felt like all the recruits in this weekend had Ole Miss on their minds.
"I think everyone enjoyed their time this weekend," Ethan said. "The ones committed seemed happy, and those not committed seemed that they were considering it. So it was a good weekend."