Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Catching Up With Michael Hutchings

Hutchings was a great interview. He seems wise beyond his years and is just taking the recruiting process as it comes. Although there’s been rumors out there that he’s another SC lock, he seems pretty open at the moment. Anything can change though, and quickly.
In case you don’t know, Hutchings is a beast. Rivals ranks the 4* outside linebacker from Concordia, CA as the 4th best at his position and 17th in the nation, a clear candidate for a 5th star. He stands 6’2” and 210 pounds and holds offers from schools like Michigan, Cal, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and USC. He has plenty to choose from...
Learn about him here. 
Me: What is the general aura regarding how California prospects view the Midwest?
Michael: There isn’t one common thought for all of us, I just feel like it’s tough to pull a kid from out of California if they have a Stanford or USC offer because they are both going atop the BCS rankings each year and it’s right in our backyard. The Midwest is cold and deserted to us. There's nothing there.
Me: What about schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Wisconsin?
Michael: Those are all schools that will receive an official visit from a California kid and a top recruit because of the history of each. You have to give them a look for that reason. 
Me: I know that you’ve heard about Joe Mathis's visit to Michigan, and how much he loved it. Does that make you want to think about possibly coming for a visit yourself, to see what the commotion is about?
Michael: Yeah, it definitely draws some interest and makes me want to see what’s going on. The amount of commits Michigan gets immediately after a visit is incredible. 
Me: Have any Michigan commits approached you about Michigan? What do you think about that?
Michael: I've talked to Shane [Morris], but that's about it. He just said that Michigan can sell itself.
Me: What do you think are you biggest strengths as an athlete? Weaknesses?
Michael: My biggest strength would be my versatility; I can play a few different positions on defense. My weakness would be my size at linebacker...I’m a tweener. 
Me: Are you still enjoying the recruiting process or are you kind of over it?
Michael: I’m over it now. It started out as fun, but now it’s getting a little irritating. 
Me: Do you have a top-5?
Michael: I do not have a top-5, I don’t know why that was going around. Reporters switched my words up.
Me: When do you plan on deciding?
Me: Hopefully deciding in the summer. 

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