Hutchings Calls Oregon Interest, "Extreme"

Without a doubt, Concord (CA) De La Salle five-star linebacker Michael Hutchings is one of the top players on the West Coast, if not the nation, for the class of 2013. It's also safe to assume that he is one of Oregon's most coveted targets, making his supposed interest in the Ducks that much more enticing.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"It's an unofficial offer right now. I've got to talk to coach [Nick] Aliotti this week in the morning cause I got to talk to the rest of the coaching staff. Coach Aliotti already said he wants me and he wants me to be a part of his defense and the Ducks. So basically, coach Aliotti wants me, but everything else has to happen. I have to talk to coach [Chip] Kelly...Coach likes me to call in the morning cause all the coaches are in the office at once, so you get a chance to talk to other coaches and your recruiter."

So coach Aliotti has been the only coach that you've been in contact with?

"Yeah. It's been coach Aliotti and he's been my main contact and my recruiter and that kind of helps with him being the defensive coordinator."

Throughout the process to this point, how often have you been in contact with Oregon and coach Aliotti?

"Coach Al, I call him often. I call him once every two weeks or once a week and now we're e-mailing, so I'm in contact with him often...maybe a few times a week now."

And his brother is a coach at De La Salle, is that correct?

"He's a coach and he's our Dean of Students."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I have extreme interest in Oregon at this point...I think highly of them and their program and coach Al's defense."

Is there anything in particular about the school or the program that stands out to you when you consider Oregon as a potential option?

"I know they have a lot of good connections in their sports marketing program/sports management. They just have good internships and stuff with Nike Corporation and things like that. That stuff comes with being around the school, but their organization; they've just come up as a program -- football-wise -- the last few years and they've proven to do it defensively the last four or five years. They're consistently a powerhouse and they have a great system up there now. I love talking to coach Al about their defense and we just talk about football stuff non-stop, so it's a good relationship so far with him."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"Versatile and athletic. I play outside linebacker in high school and I've been a strong safety and I'll end up playing strong safety in college, most likely...kind of like a rover position, which I would play if I went to Oregon. Coach Al told me it would be just like Eddie Pleasant and all those types of players -- Patrick Chung -- guys like that; that rover position. That's what I bring to the table; athleticism, that linebacker mentality in the defensive backfield."

Is playing in the secondary something you're comfortable with?

"Yeah, I like playing in space and using my athleticism a little bit more back there and inside the box. Mostly when I'm in the box, I play that inside ‘backer spot."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"Eddie Pleasant and Manti Te'o; I like both of those guys...They're both athletic. I mean Manti played running back in high school and he came out as an athletic guy. Pleasant, too. Pleasant was also a linebacker and he switched to that safety spot like me. Manti, he's a hitter, but he plays that linebacker spot a little bit more athletic. He's not just a Vontaze [Burfict], who was a plugger and a hitter back there. Manti, he's kind of versatile and plays with athleticism on the field and that's how Pleasant played. Pleasant brings that linebacker mentality to the defensive backfield."

What are you looking for in a program?

"My comfortability with the coaching staff and how I get a long with them; how they're straight up with me and they can talk to me about football and stuff off the field and anything that's going on with me. [Also], how I get along with the players on the unofficial visit and how I feel about the school and how I feel about the campus. I know Eugene is a college town, it's a football town, it's not a big city and it's about how I like that stuff."

Do you know any of the current members of the Oregon football team?

"I don't have a relationship with anyone on the team, but there are guys from my area that are on the team and that I've seen play, like Erick Dargan and Avery Patterson. Those guys are from my area and I've seen them play plenty of times."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"I'm not sure. If I go to Oregon, I'd probably go with sports marketing since they have a good marketing program, but I'll probably do something in the business field."

What are some of the offers that you currently hold?

"USC, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Miami, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Washington, Washington State and I think that's most schools."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"No, but I do have a list of schools that are recruiting me hardest and that are giving me the most [attention] now. Right now it's USC, Notre Dame, Washington, and also Oregon with coach Al."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I've only went to one Junior Day and that was Cal, which is cause it's right down the road. I'm going to take some unofficials most likely during spring break -- which will work best for me -- and some during the summer."

Have you set up anything with Oregon as far as visits go?

"I haven't set up anything with them, but I want to take an unofficial there in the spring or the summer."

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