"It's exciting, it's also a little nerve-racking," Hutchings told FOX Sports NEXT on the phone. "It's finally real. Now it's business time."
Hutchings recruitment was solidified on the Friday before National Signing Day when new USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast made an in-home visit with Hutchings. "That kind of sealed it up for me," he said.
Pendergast shared with 6-foot-1 210-pound linebacker his thoughts on the 3-4 defense he plans to install at USC, departing from the Trojans traditional 4-3. "I know he's going to be versatile with everything, so I know that is a positive sign," Hutchings said. "It's going to be exciting to play under his defense."
Through the pomp and circumstance that has become National Signing Day, Hutchings reiterated that it merely just a formality for him. "I've been committed for awhile," he said. "It's just finalizing everything and celebrating with your family."
The Scout.com four-star linebacker verbally committed to the Trojans on July 1 after narrowing his list of offers to California, Oregon, and Washington. He took an unofficial visit to Seattle before decided on the Trojans. "USC was just a better all around fit," he told FOX Sports NEXT at the time. "I felt a little more comfortable there."
Hutchings was named an Arm All-American.
His only official visit was to USC.
Brandon Huffman on Michael Hutchings
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.