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Michigan lands commitment from 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson, and it’s bigger than you think
Was Michigan’s newest commitment from Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child DE recruit Aidan Hutchinson imminent?
But that shouldn’t take away from his potential impact.
A 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, Hutchinson is from a private school in suburban Detroit that hasn’t produced any Wolverines in recent memory. Fans of the Wolverines drool over the commitments from Detroit Cass Tech, Detroit King, Brother Rice, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s … and that’s about it.
But take notice of this Michigan legacy, whose father Chris played for the Wolverines in the early 1980s, as his presence will be felt in fall camp upon his arrival.
Despite his composite ranking of No. 185 nationally, 247Sports’ solo rankings have Hutchinson inside the top 100 at No. 97 in the country, thus giving Wolverines their second top-100 commitment in the 2018 class so far.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) February 22, 2017
At 6-foot-5, 234 pounds, Hutchinson has the ideal frame before his senior season for a high school end. Of course, Michigan will want him to gain weight, but that will happen at some point during his senior season or by the time he gets to Michigan.
What’s tough to teach is hard work and good technique, two categories in which Hutchinson excels. An absolute workhorse who plays like every play is his last, Hutchinson’s technique on the edge gives him enough to be touted as one of the nation’s top 10 defensive end prospects.
The only question is the level of competition he has faced. But Hutchinson’s strong showing at the Best of the Midwest Camp should illustrate his readiness to compete against top players at the next level.
Michigan’s 2018 class is small for now with three prospects committed. But it is a solid start to what will be a smaller class than head coach Jim Harbaugh’s first two full cycles.
All three of the Wolverines’ commits are ranked in the top 200 nationally by the 247Sports composite, and all three are in the top 10 for their position.
So, while Hutchinson’s commitment was simply a matter of time, there should be no reason for anyone to downplay the impact the Michigan legacy eventually will have in the Big House.
Expect his senior year to involve a lot of visits to Michigan, and possibly some recruiting. Most importantly, expect him to put on some pounds to beef up his already impressive frame at defensive end.
Michigan doesn’t look to be in pursuit of Brendan Radley-Hiles
A lot of readers have inquired about Michigan’s pursuit of former Calabasas (Calif.) — now Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy — 4-star CB recruit Brendan Radley-Hiles.
Radley-Hiles sent a message to Land of 10 earlier this week saying that he “rarely” hears from the Wolverines. Michigan will more than likely target three or four cornerbacks in the 2018 class. Lately, Radley-Hiles has been a hot name on social media, because of film like this.
— Brendan Radley-Hiles (@Bookie_44) February 20, 2017