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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Tales from the road: De La Salle

By Mason Kelley

Michael Hutchings
Michael Hutchings is committed to USC, but is expected to take a visit to Washington in January.
Editor's note: HuskyNation's Mason Kelley is in Northern California this week, visiting top prospects and potential Washington targets. Click here for all of his updates.

CONCORD, Calif. -- Michael Hutchings and Austin Hooper had similar plans.

There were times when the senior standouts at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle wanted to remove themselves from the recruiting process.

So if they didn’t want to talk to college coaches or the media, they simply said they needed to focus on the Spartans’ season.

But after De La Salle won its fourth consecutive state title last week with a 48-28 win over Corona (Calif.) Centennial in the CIF Open Division Championship game, the recruits now have to face the process.

Hutchings, rated the No. 4 outside linebacker in the nation, committed to USC in July. But schools continue to call. He said he plans to take his official visit to USC on Jan. 18 and also expects to take a trip to Washington. He has always been impressed by Huskies’ coaching staff, and wants to take advantage of his opportunity to see another school.

Hooper, a defensive end rated the No. 264 prospect in the ESPN 300, continues to have Washington high on his list.

He said Tuesday he is still working on setting up his visits, but said Oregon will definitely be one of his stops. He would also like to visit Oregon State and continues to look at staying close to home with Cal.

The next stop on the Northern California tour is Petaluma to check out Casa Grande High School and catch up with Washington defensive line commit Elijah Qualls and 2014 QB JaJuan Lawson.