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Sunday, January 13, 2013
USC commit keying on new coordinator

By Blair Angulo

The busy high school football season consumed ESPN 150 linebacker Michael Hutchings (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) so much that there was no time to weigh recruiting or potential unofficial visits. But following yet another dominant CIF State Open Division Bowl victory, the USC commit was all ears, planning a trip to Washington.

Hutchings never made it to Seattle, though.

“They wanted me to visit after seeing USC,” he said. “That’s the reason why I scratched it.”

By deciding to forgo other visits, Hutchings re-affirmed his full commitment to the Trojans. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound outside linebacker committed to USC on July 1 and has never wavered on the pledge.

For Hutchings, USC’s defensive coordinator situation now becomes the top priority. That’s where his focus will be when he officially visits campus on Jan. 18.

“This time I’m on campus, I’ll get to meet our new D-coordinator,” Hutchings said. “That’s probably the most exciting part and perhaps the most important part. I think I’ve covered everything else in all of my past visits to campus. I’ve been down to Los Angeles multiple times, at least four or five times, so this time it will be all football. I’ve covered all of my academics, so I know what I’m going to cover in that area. ... They said a defensive coordinator should be in place by the time we all make it out there for this visit Friday. They said they may announce it this week, so I’ll definitely get to meet him down there.”

Hutchings will be prepared. He already has a list of questions for the program’s next defensive coordinator.

“Just mostly where they see me fitting in, how the defensive coordinator models his scheme, how they like to attack offenses,” Hutchings said. “There are certain things football wise that I’d like to know about the defensive coordinator, but mostly where I fit in the scheme.”

Now, it’s just about meeting his next coach.