2019 Season Countdown: #3 Aidan Hutchinson

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27Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #3 Aidan Hutchinson

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Wolverines Wire)

Name: Aidan Hutchinson
278 lbs.
High school:
Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Defensive end
Jersey number:
Last year:
I ranked Hutchinson #66 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He made 15 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
TTB Rating:

Hutchinson flew under the radar a little bit in 2018, which is understandable when you have a dynamic player like Chase Winovich at one defensive end and the former #1 player overall at the other defensive end spot. You could be an excellent player and still not receive much attention. Hutchinson wasn’t excellent, but he still showed flashes. You could tell the game was moving a little too quickly for him, and sometimes his reads just couldn’t keep up. He finished the season with 15 total tackles, but his playing time and production dwindled when the going got tough late in the year.

This year Hutchinson makes a jump all the way from #66 up to #3, which is a huge leap. That is the result of two major factors:

1. I think he’s going to be very good.
2. Michigan needs him on the field.

I said during the 2018 recruiting cycle that I thought Hutchinson was the best player in the State of Michigan, and nothing I’ve seen so far has caused me to stray from that evaluation. The physical skills are there. It’s the mental side of things that was a bit of an issue. Now he has a year under his belt, he’s getting more reps in practice, and he’s also 278 lbs. of muscle.

As for needing him on the field, Michigan is a little depleted on the defensive line. Winovich and Gary both moved on to the NFL, and there’s a lot of talent at defensive end but not much experience. Kwity Paye at weakside end is a junior, and fifth year senior Mike Danna played quite a bit at Central Michigan, but behind them are all players who haven’t seen the field. On top of that inexperience, Michigan needs the defensive line to come up big because of a lack of talent and depth at the cornerback positions. If they can’t put pressure on quarterbacks, teams could quite possibly pick apart Ambry Thomas, Vincent Gray, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and others on the back end.

Prediction: Starting Anchor; 50 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 5 sacks

20Aug 2018
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Final TTB Ratings for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Hudl)

Thanks to Bryan and Keith for the recent, generous donations through Paypal!

It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been so busy, but here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2018.

A note on the ratings: These are Michigan-specific ratings, so a guy who would be an instant starter at Eastern Michigan might not be quite so much of an individual standout playing against Michigan’s opponents . . . and he might even have a hard time getting on the field over some other Wolverines. It’s tricky trying to determine how the depth chart will shake out over the next three to five years, but I’m here for the heavy lifting. For more of an explanation, check out this page here (LINK).

Hit the jump for the final rankings.

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8Jul 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #66 Aidan Hutchinson

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Twitter)

Name: Aidan Hutchinson
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 258 lbs.
High school: Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Position: Defensive end
Class: Freshman
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

25Jan 2018
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Final ESPN 300 for 2018

Mustapha Muhammad

ESPN released its final rankings for 2018 (LINK). Here’s the list from when it was released in April 2017 (LINK). Movement for Michigan commits:

  • TE Mustapha Muhammad moved up from #46 to #42
  • QB Joe Milton moved up from #124 to #119
  • CB/S Myles Sims jumped from #157 to #137
  • DE Aidan Hutchinson jumped from #276 to #193
  • LB Cameron McGrone appeared at #206 after not being on the initial list
  • LB Otis Reese dropped from #216 to #230
  • RB Christian Turner dropped from #268 to being off the list

Hit the jump for the full list.

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23Jan 2018
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Final Rivals 250 for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson

I posted a look at the final Rivals 100 yesterday (LINK). Here’s a look at the guys from #101-250 who have been offered by Michigan:

101. Jeremy Ruckert – TE – NJ (Ohio State)
103. Myles Sims – CB – GA (Michigan)
106. Jalen Hall – WR – CA
107. P.J. Mustipher – DT – MD (Penn State)
108. Stephon Wynn – DE – FL (Alabama)
109. Talanoa Hufanga – ATH – OR (USC)
112. Alontae Taylor – ATH – TN (Tennessee)
117. Alston Orji – LB – TX (Vanderbilt)
118. Coynis Miller – DT – AL (Auburn)
119. Tyler Shough – QB – AZ (Oregon)
120. Dyami Brown – WR – NC (North Carolina)
122. Zack Kuntz – TE – PA (Penn State)
124. Kalon Gervin – CB – MI (Michigan State)
125. Austin Osborne – WR – CA (Washington)
126. David Reese – LB – FL (Florida)
127. Mychale Salahuddin – RB – DC
128. Ronnie Perkins – DE – MO (Oklahoma)
129. Aidan Hutchinson – DE – MI (Michigan)
132. Jacob Copeland – WR – FL
135. Derrik Allen – S – GA (Notre Dame)
137. Trey Hill – OG – GA (Georgia)
138. Daniel Fa’alele – OT – FL (Minnesota)
139. Jacob Sirmon – QB – WA (Washington)
140. Jayson Oweh – DE – NJ (Penn State)
141. Nana Asiedu – OT – VA (Penn State)
142. Darrell Simpson – OT – TX (Oklahoma)
143. Max Wright – DE – TX (Texas A&M)
146. Matt Hill – WR – GA (Auburn)
149. Cameron Rising – QB – CA (Texas)
150. Joshua Moore – WR – TX
152. Trenton Gillison – TE – OH (Michigan State)
154. Marquan McCall – OG – MI (Kentucky)
155. Will Mallory – TE – FL (Miami)
156. Emil Ekiyor – OG – IN (Alabama)
160. Matt Jones – OG – NY (Ohio State)
162. Anthony Schwartz – WR – FL (Auburn)
164. Jahan Dotson – WR – PA (Penn State)
165. Aashari Crosswell – S – CA
167. Keondre Coburn – DT – TX (Texas)
168. Shayne Simon – S – NJ (Notre Dame)
169. Jayson Ademilola – DT – NJ (Notre Dame)
171. Trey Dean – S – GA (Florida)
172. Kearis Jackson – WR – GA (Georgia)
174. Kamryn Babb – WR – MO (Ohio State)
176. Xavier Williams – WR – FL (Alabama)
177. Amari Burney – ATH – FL (Florida)
179. Jashaun Corbin – RB – FL
181. Raymond Scott – LB – CA (USC)
183. Austin Fontaine – DT – MD (Maryland)
184. Elijah Moore – WR – TX (Ole Miss)
185. Christopher Smith – CB – GA (Georgia)
188. Michael Ezeike – TE – CA
190. Brian Hightower – WR – FL (Miami)
195. Cameron McGrone – LB – IN (Michigan)
200. Joe Milton – QB – FL (Michigan)
203. Quindarious Monday – S – GA (Auburn)
204. Noah Boykin – CB – DC (Maryland)
205. D’Shawn Jamison – CB – TX (Texas)
206. Bobby Brown – DE – TX (Alabama)
210. Atanza Vongor – S – TX (TCU)
211. Verdis Brown – C – FL (Illinois)
218. Keaontay Ingram – RB – TX (Texas)
221. Gurvan Hall – S – FL (Miami)
222. Bryce Thompson – ATH – SC (South Carolina)
223. Chris Murray – OG – CA (UCLA)
226. Elijah Wade – DE – NV
227. Josh Jobe – CB – CT (Alabama)
228. Jamien Sherwood – S – FL (Auburn)
230. Warren Ericsson – OG – GA (Georgia)
231. Master Teague – RB – TN (Ohio State)
237. Markese Stepp – RB – IN (USC)
239. Tavion Thomas – RB – OH (Oklahoma)
245. Damone Clark – LB – LA (LSU)
247. Tre’shaun Harrison – ATH – WA
248. Justin Mascoli – DE – GA (Clemson)
249. Alim McNeill – DT – NC (North Carolina State)