Michael Hutchings is one of the biggest targets for the USC Trojans in the Class of 2013, and is the second best California recruit behind USC commit Su’a Cravens. The 11th-ranked recruit in the FanSided 150, Hutchings will announce his college decision on July 1, choosing between Cal, Oregon, Washington and USC.
I will be making my college decision on July 1st
— Michael Hutchings (@CaliHutch_17) June 18, 2012
Hutchings came to USC back in March on an unofficial vist, before coach Clay Helton and company visited the Hutchings home in Concord, in mid-April. Without question, the Trojans are high on Hutchings. The 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker out of the famed De La Salle program fits the current USC prototype for linebackers, which stresses speed and quickness rather than size and strength.
With the abilities of a safety and the strength of a linebacker, Hutchings projects much in the same way that Su’a Cravens projects defensively, as a guy that can play both in the secondary and as a linebacker. But given the recent trend at USC to turn safeties into linebackers, Hutchings will likely stay put at outside linebacker.
The Trojans brought in Jabari Ruffin and Scott Starr in the Class of 2012. Considering that Hayes Pullard, Lamar Dawson and Dion Bailey will be juniors in 2013, the USC defense already needs to start looking for its future. The Trojans are doing just that by going hard after the in-state talent like Hutchings and Cravens.
Should Hutchings commit to the Trojans on July 1st, it would give USC four commitments in the top 13 of the FanSided 150. Considering that Eddie Vanderdoes out of Placer is still available, it’s not out of the question for the Trojans to sweep the state of California, as Vanderdoes, a defensive end, is strongly considering the Trojans. Aside from ‘SC he is also considering LSU, Oregon and a slew of other top programs.