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December 30, 2012

USC commit Hutchings getting late pushes

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SAN ANTONIO -- Michael Hutchings remains committed to USC, but Washington is making a late push and one other team is trying to stay relevant in his recruitment.

The Concord (Calif.) De La Salle four-star linebacker said Sunday at U.S. Army Bowl registration that his upcoming Washington official visit is important.

"They've been talking to me about it a lot," Hutchings said. "I know they're going to do an in-home sometime soon, probably the week after this bowl game.

"That's going to be pretty big. They're coming after me hard, but I have a few more visits with USC as far as in-home after the bowl game. I know everybody is going to be in the lobby; all that stuff is going to be important."

Hutchings, who's been committed to the Trojans since July 1, has taken at least one unofficial visit to Washington, but he wants to refresh his memory and see what else the Huskies could offer.

"I just want to get a feel for what they're talking about again, go over everything as far as playing, the school again, just to reassure me," Hutchings said. "The last time I was up there was June; it's been a while, and they've been my close No. 2 throughout the year."

The four-star also said some Notre Dame commits, including five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith and even recent USC de-commit Eddie Vanderdoes have talked to him about playing for the Irish.

Hutchings hasn't talked with Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Denbrock in a few weeks and wasn't sure about his timetable, but he did not eliminate a possible visit to South Bend in January.

Still, with some interesting tidbits in his recruitment, Hutchings remains committed to USC and might just be taking precautionary steps to reassure his pledge to the Trojans.

"They're still the leader," Hutchings said.

"It's getting closer. When you get closer, you start rethinking everything because you know you can't go back on it. It's down to crunch time after you've been recruited for two years."



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