Land of 10 has embarked on a series of Next Generation articles as Michigan writers Rachel Lenzi and Kevin Goheen travel the country to meet the incoming Class of 2018 freshmen. This week, we feature 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson.
DEARBORN, Mich. — First impressions count for a lot. The first time Aidan Hutchinson stepped inside Michigan Stadium, he was enamored by the mystique of the Wolverines.
About 10 years later, Hutchinson, a recruit, met Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown. He came away with a different first impression than others might have of the animated assistant.
Brown wasn’t as intense as Hutchinson thought he would be. In fact, Hutchinson said Brown was unusually low-key.
“I thought he was this old guy who didn’t have a lot of personality, but who knew the game really well,” Hutchinson told Land of 10 Monday. “And after seeing him in all these games, I realized that he does have a lot of that fire inside. I didn’t know an old man like him has that much fire!”
Brown soon will be Hutchinson’s defensive coordinator, and Hutchinson will see even more of Brown’s intense nature. Hutchinson is one of 19 signees in the Wolverines’ incoming recruiting class this fall. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hutchinson is a 4-star defensive end from Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich.
He’s also an ironman of sorts. At Divine Child, he played defensive end, tight end and was the long snapper on punts and kicking attempts.
Hutchinson had 27 solo tackles, including 12 1/2 tackles for loss, and 30 assisted tackles last season. He caught 38 passes for 418 yards and 7 touchdowns.
“In high school, I was playing 130 plays a game and I was long-snapping, and I was on offense and on defense,” Hutchinson said. “I was part of the whole thing. During an entire game, I try to go 110 percent on the field, and I think that’s what sets me apart from other players.”
What also distinguishes Hutchinson is that Michigan runs in his blood.
Hutchinson is the son of former Michigan defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson, who played for the Wolverines from 1989 to 1992. He is now an emergency room doctor at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
Aidan Hutchinson’s mother, Melissa, is a Michigan graduate who runs her own photography company. His older sisters are students at Michigan. Mia is a senior and Aria is a freshman.
Hutchinson received his first true introduction to Wolverines football when he was 9 years old, when the Wolverines honored his father as a former Wolverines captain prior to a game against Eastern Michigan in 2009. Less than a decade later, the younger Hutchinson is preparing to join the program.
“I got to go in the locker room, I got to go on the field, I got to meet Michael Phelps on the sideline, and that was my earliest, biggest memory I’ve had of Michigan,” Hutchinson said.
“Being involved in that culture for my entire life, I don’t think it was just that single moment. But it was always being involved in Michigan and always for rooting for Michigan, and my family at Michigan, how can you not love the Wolverines? How could I not take this next step?”