Concord (Calif.) LB Michael Hutchings (6-2, 215) from De La Salle High has announced he committed to USC.
"The combination of academics and athletics is unbeatable at USC," said Hutchings. "My parents felt the same way and they were involved a little bit in my decision. You get a top-notch-private education at USC and the coaching staff at SC is great. Mr. (Pat) Haden is also a great guy and everything just kind of fell into place at that university. And Coach (Clay) Helton did a great job recruiting me."
Hutchings' decision to announce on July wasn't based on a significance, but he felt it would allow him to have a much more enjoyable experience at The Opening next week in Beaverton, OR.
"I wanted to get my commitment out of the way before The Opening and have a big camp," said Hutchings. "Now I won't be asked as many questions about my recruitment because it's over now. We'll have a lot of commits up at The Opening and we were talking about that at The Rising Stars Camp. It should be a lot of fun up there."
This past weekend there were some of the top players in the country competing at USC's Rising Stars Camp. It was an opportunity for many of the USC commits to spend time with each other and an opportunity for guys like Hutchings to bond with potential future Trojans from out of state.
"We had a lot of fun hanging out at the Rising Stars Camp," Hutchings said. "Everybody is so close and it seems we just clicked with even the guys committed to other schools, and other guys from out of state. They seem to come in open minded and that really helps when recruits come in with that mindset.
With committing to USC, Hutchings now has an opportunity to be a part of one of the most tradition-rich football programs in the nation.
"USC is probably one of the most known schools in the country," said Hutchings. "When you go to USC, you feel you are a part of the past, the present and an opportunity to do great things in the future. The future looks really bright at USC."