Name: Aidan Hutchinson
Weight: 258 lbs.
High school: Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Position: Defensive end
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Hutchinson was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 65 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked kick; he also caught 38 passes for 419 yards and 8 touchdowns.
TTB Rating: N/A
I haven’t given Hutchinson a TTB Rating because he committed too early to get one initially, and then I haven’t done a full review of the 2018 class since they signed. Even so, I like Hutchinson a lot, as I mentioned in his commitment post. I had him as the #1 player in the state of Michigan, and he turned out to be an Army All-American. His defensive production dropped off a little bit as a senior, perhaps because teams started to game plan against him more, but he was all over the place on defense – chasing down quarterbacks, harassing running backs in the backfield, and taking good pursuit angles. The really fun part of his senior highlights is the second half, when he lined up at tight end/wide receiver and bullied kids from other teams. He could certainly be a tight end in college.
As for the 2018 season, I think we saw in the Army All-American Bowl that Hutchinson is ready to play against the next level of competition. I don’t think he needs to redshirt. The only issue is that he’s probably headed for defensive end, and Michigan didn’t lose any defensive ends last season. If Carlo Kemp moves inside to 3-tech and stays there, then perhaps Hutchinson can slide up to be Rashan Gary’s backup at strongside end. I see opportunities for Hutchinson to get on the field this season, but I’m not sure if he’ll be depended on for a large role. Either way, I think he has a bright future at Michigan.
Prediction: Backup defensive end
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