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Hutchings adds major Big Ten offer

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USC and Cal have already offered 2013 linebacker Michael Hutchings and the Concord (Calif.) De La Salle standout added another big one Monday when Michigan sent the 6-foot, 184-pound prospect an offer as well.
It's another major offer for Hutchings, who finished with 53 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in his sophomore season and is quickly becoming one of the West Coast's hottest prospects. He was first recruited as a wide receiver but will definitely play linebacker in college.
"That program is legendary," Hutchings said of Michigan. "They're down right now but they're still legendary. They get over 100,000 every game whether they win or lose the week before.
"The main thing right now for me is I know the whole coach (Rich) Rodriguez thing is up in the air so just getting stability on the coaching staff is big right now. As far as the football program itself they're really up there on the list."
The Trojans are still considered a favorite for Hutchings, who will visit USC with teammate Michael Barton, who committed to Cal in May, on June 22. Hutchings is not expected to commit at that time because his father won't be on the trip.
Oregon State might be the next to offer. Hutchings has talked with the coaching staff and is supposed to call back Wednesday. He said the Beavers' coaches said he's the No. 1 junior on their board.
It's been a busy time and Hutchings said he's a little overwhelmed with all the attention but that he's also happy he has a lot of time left in his recruitment to figure it all out.
"I'm more just overwhelmed right now," Hutchings said.
"I'm just trying to take it slow and my parents are helping me through it because I still have two more years. It's going to be a hard decision because right now I'm overwhelmed and who knows how I'll be in two years."
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