The news continues to get better and better for Michael Hutchings since he just landed his first SEC offer and it's a big one from Tennessee.
Hutchings, a 2013 outside linebacker from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, said he recently talked with Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and those conversations went well.
Tennessee is another big offer for Hutchings, a 6-foot, 184-pound prospect who also has Arizona, Cal, Miami, Michigan, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington on his growing offer list.
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"It's a really big one," Hutchings said.
"I talked to the defensive coordinator, coach Wilcox, and the linebackers coach and it went well. I talked to them and they said they liked my film and the way I play and they projected exactly where I'd play in college."
Tennessee likes Hutchings at weak-side linebacker and that's probably the position where most schools are recruiting him since he's a fast, aggressive and intense prospect who flies all over the field.
It didn't come as a complete surprise that Tennessee offered since the Volunteers had also been showing some interest in De La Salle teammate and Cal commit Michael Barton. Hutchings got the coach's numbers and finally got a chance to speak with them in Knoxville.
"I had the coach's number for a while because of Barton and I've been interested in them so it's good that I've finally talked to them," Hutchings said.
USC and Cal have been considered two of his favorites but Hutchings said he wants to wait things out a little longer, see how things progress in his recruitment and then make his decision.
Since he's only entering his junior season, he has lots of time to make his commitment.
"I'm still waiting it out right now," said Hutchings, who's hearing from Notre Dame and Oregon as well.
"I want to see what other options I have. I just want to wait it out and see what other offers come in. I want to talk it over with my parents and I don't think we're going to make a decision anytime soon."