"Ethan made it official today - he's going to Ole Miss, and his Mom (Sherri) and I could not be more excited," said Mark Hutson, the OL coach at Tulane and Ethan's Dad. "We know that quality people are at Ole Miss with Houston Nutt and Mike Markuson and that whole staff and we are elated about Ethan's choice.
"It came down to Ethan being very comfortable with the coaches, the players, the environment, the academics and everything about Ole Miss."
Ethan had a head start on getting to know the Rebel staff. Mark coached with Nutt and company for seven years at Murray State, Boise State and Arkansas.
"Ethan knows their kids and knows what kind of people they are. His Mom and I do too," said Mark. "Houston is just a fine, fine man and I think the world of Mike, who will be directly coaching Ethan. Mike is an outstanding OL 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 is 6-4 and weighs 285-290 pounds. Mark was an All-American at Oklahoma. The bloodlines are there.
"As a coach, I think Ethan's attributes are that he is strong, he works hard, he's a good athlete and he has the tools to succeed, but what separates him from most is that he has been raised around football," said Mark. "He's been in college locker rooms since he was little and he has a firm understanding of what it takes in regard to working hard and taking care of your business on and off the field. He's an excellent student in the classroom and on the football field.
"A lot of kids have the physical tools to play on the college level, but I think Ethan is further ahead in the mental aspects of what it takes and his understanding of the game because of his exposure to football via my profession."
Ethan will be able to enroll at Ole Miss in January, meaning he will have a "free" semester to get acclimated.
"He'll either have 4 1/2 years or 5 1/2 if he redshirts, and that's a definite advantage," said Mark. "He will be further along when that first August practice cranks up having the benefit of next spring under his belt."
Mark expects Ethan to play either guard or center for the Rebels, stating he's "that body type."
"If he went with me, I would play him inside," said Mark.
Speaking of "going with him," Mark was asked if he is disappointed about Ethan not choosing Tulane.
"We had long talks about that and I talked to other coaches who coached their sons about it. We decided it was not a good thing. I like what I have with my son as a father/son relationship, not as a coach/player. If he played something besides OL, maybe then I would like to see him at Tulane, but I really did not want to coach him," Mark explained. "He needs to branch out and do this on his own."
To say the Hutson's are excited is an understatement.
"Ethan could have gone to Arizona, Colorado, Tulane, Mississippi State, USM and some other places - he had those offers on the table, but he wanted to play on the highest level of college ball and he wanted to play for Coach Nutt and Coach Markuson," Mark Hutson closed. "We could not be happier.
"Before he met with Houston today, he definitely had the blessing of his Mom and I, without a doubt. We are thrilled."
Relationships: They matter.
Just ask Ethan, Mark and Sherri Hutson.
Welcome aboard, Ethan!
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at email@example.com