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Hutchings visits UCLA, talks early top 5

12/18/2011

It was a full weekend for Concord (Calif.) De La Salle junior linebacker Michael Hutchings. First the athlete helped the Spartans to a dominating state championship game win on Saturday and then Hutchings took an unofficial visit Sunday to UCLA.

Hutchings is one of the premier prospects in the West for the 2013 class. He has offers from just about every Pac-12 program and is being recruited nationally as well. The Spartans dominated a very good Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake team 35-0 to win back-to-back state titles.

“I’m already thinking about winning No. 3 next year,” Hutchings said. “I’m happy for the seniors that we could send them out on a winning note and I would love to go out the same way next year. Westlake is a great program and to beat them the way we did is really a great accomplishment.”

Hutchings said he wasn’t expecting to take a visit on Sunday but is glad that he did.

“My dad and I were driving around the area and I called the coaches to say hello,” Hutchings said. “They said they were in the office and invited me to stop by so I ended up spending about three hours there. I really enjoyed meeting Coach Mora, and he’s putting together a dynamic staff.

“They have a beautiful campus and I think they’re building something there. I toured the campus and I got a really good vibe from them. They still need to hire a linebacker coach but Coach Mora is a defensive minded guy and I think I would be able to learn a lot from him. I feel comfortable talking defense with him and he’s a good guy.”

Hutchings said despite the strong visit, he still has another school in Los Angeles at the top of his list.

“I still like USC a lot, that’s my leader,” Hutchings said. “I have a top five of USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Washington. It’s already getting stressful for me and that’s why I’m planning to make an early decision, sometime before my senior year. I want to go into my senior year relaxed and just ready to play.

“I want to visit all these schools in the summer and then make a decision. I’m going to try and have fun with the process and then just shut it down and get ready to make another run at a state title.”