Hutchings Turns Focus to Recruiting

After capping off another stellar season with a state championship, 2013 five-star linebcker Michael Hutchings will now turn his attention to recruiting, and focus on his top five schools: USC, Cal, Washington, UCLA and Oregon...

De La Salle wins the state title…Again.

Stop me if you have heard that one before.

The Northern California juggernaut came down to the Home Depot Center on Saturday night and dismantled yet another highly-regarded Southern California foe, this time defeating Westlake, 35-0.

"Before the game, Coach Ladouceur said we want to hop out on them quick and we did just that," Elite 2013 linebacker Michael Hutchings said. "We came out 14-0 and we got a little bit of breathing room, and that let all the nerves get out.

"We were calm and we had a little bit of breathing room so we did what De La Salle does."


Michael Hutchings is arguably the top junior in California.
And what De La Salle does so well is stick to their game plan, play disciplined football and crush their opponent's will.

"That's definitely a dominating performance just like last year," Hutchings said following the win. "Let's just continue this streak we've got going."

After capping off another stellar season with a state championship, Hutchings will now turn his attention to recruiting, and focus on his top five schools: USC, Cal, Washington, UCLA and Oregon.

"USC is the number one still. They've been the best recruiters so far and they know everything that's going on," he said. "Any questions that I have, they answer.

"I've got two contacts there. Coach (Joe) Barry, the linebackers coach and Coach (Clay) Helton, my West Coast recruiter, so they just do a great job of recruiting there."

The five-star linebacker hopes to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior season.

"Hopefully in the spring or the summer," Hutchings said of his timetable for a decision. "I definitely want to finish it off before I go into that senior year so I can go in calm.

"After this spring, I want to get a few unofficial visits in… I'll visit USC and UCLA. That UCLA coaching staff is coming out to be a dynamite coaching staff so I definitely want to visit those two. Cal is right there in my backyard. I go there all the time with (Michael) Barton. He's a little bit of an influence on me for that one and Washington, also. I hear that a couple of our guys have already visited there and they love it. They love it at Washington."

Hutchings made the most of his time in Southern California, paying a visit to the new coaching staff at UCLA on Sunday.

"The unofficial was beautiful and it was a little bit random. We planned on just looking around but I called and the coaches were in the office," he said. "I met Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach (Adrian) Klemm. Didn't get all the time Coach Mora wanted to talk to me about defense and stuff, had to get back on the road."

So what will be the major factors in his recruitment?

"Definitely the education. A USC education is a good one. I went down there and they had a good plan laid out," he said. "Most of them graduate in 3 ½ years and if they play four or five years, they're already half way done with their master's degree and it was just a good experience. UCLA is definitely a prestigious school and I can't really go wrong with any of the schools that are in my top five.

"They're all good educations."

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