Michigan has had past success with De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., with wide receiver Amani Toomer and quarterback Matt Gutierrez. The coaching staff is now hoping to continue that trend in the 2013 class with linebacker Michael Hutchings.
The ESPNU 150 Watch List backer already holds an offer from the Wolverines, as well as USC, Oklahoma, Miami and Tennessee to name a few.
His team is fresh off a 42-0 win over Granada High School in the state playoffs, so he isn't putting too much time into his recruitment yet. That will change, though, once the playoffs are done.
"I haven't been in much contact with any teams lately," he said. "At the end of the season I'll start making more important moves and decisions. I'll be cutting down my list and setting up unofficial visits and junior days."
While Hutchings isn't quite sure what teams will make his narrowed down list, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect has been keeping tabs on Michigan.
"I have called Michigan a few times to keep in touch, and keep a good relationship with them," he said. "They have rebounded this season from a few down seasons, which means they're on the way back up."
Hutchings has spoken with former De La Salle standout Amani Toomer about Michigan, but says Toomer never tries to sell the program. The future is more important to Hutchings than the past, while he still respects the tradition and history of Michigan.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, for instance, is someone Hutchings says he has noticed, and someone who could help Michigan.
"It definitely plays a role in my decision; coaches that have seen it all and have great experience like that will play a factor," he said.
Michigan has a few early positives in its favor, which is an excellent start. The coaching staff will have a lot of competition, though, to land this top prospect.