The recruiting of Michael Hutchings has gone to plan, as Lane Kiffin’s Trojans signed its second player on National Signing Day in Hutchings.
Early Wednesday Morning, Hutchings changed his Twitter background to a USC logo, and tweeted his joy to join the program:
Glad to be able to say I am OFFICIALLY A USC TROJAN! Ready to start the journey. Thank you to my family friends and coaches.
— Michael Hutchings (@CaliHutch_17) February 6, 2013
Hutchings, a Concord, CA native had been committed to the Trojans since last summer, and was one of the few players in this class whose commitment never really wavered. Not only that, but Hutchings also was instrumental from the beginning in turning other players on to the Trojans, acting a player/recruiter at Nike’s The Opening as well as on USC’s mass official visit they hosted in January. Aside from Su’a Cravens, he has been one of the pillars of this recruiting class.
With his Letter of Intent faxed in, the Trojans have two linebackers signed to the Class of 2013.
The six-foot-tow, 210-pound, five-star linebacker will join the Trojan linebacker corps, and back up Hayes Pullard and Dion Bailey, USC’s starting outside linebackers that have flourished as smaller, more agile backers.
USC’s new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast brings in a 3-4 defense that will likely see Hutchings play at outside linebacker, defending both the pass and the run, using his experience as a safety at De La Salle. Expect Hutchings to compliment and compete with Jabari Ruffin as the future outside linebackers of USC.
Hutchings had a stand out high school career, being apart of four consecutive state titles with De La Salle, and seeing his senior squad go undefeated in 2012.
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