Trieu: New UM commit Aidan Hutchinson plays with 'great intensity'
Dearborn Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson committed to Michigan on Tuesday, becoming the Wolverines’ third commitment in the class of 2018.
Hutchinson is the son of former Michigan defensive lineman and captain Chris Hutchinson.
"I looked at all the schools and Michigan has always been up there for me," Hutchinson said. "I was trying to see what other schools were out there and none compared to Michigan."
Hutchinson was a Detroit News All-Metro West selection last fall after recording 68 tackles and 11 sacks while helping Divine Child win a Catholic League title and reach the semifinals of the state playoffs by also playing offensive line.
“Aidan as a first-year offensive lineman dominated people with strength, power and technique while anchoring the left side of the line,” coach John Filiatraut said. “He is a very talented player with all the physical tools to be great. He has a great motor and plays with great intensity each and every play.”
Though Hutchinson doubled on the offensive line in high school, Michigan's coaches told him he would be a defensive end with the Wolverines.
"When I told Coach Harbaugh (I was committing), he was ecstatic," Hutchinson said. "Coach Mattison was with me too. Then when I walked into the hallway, it was like all the coaches were out there. It was a huge celebration.
"Right after told them I was committing, we had a little defensive meeting with Coach Brown and Coach Mattison about where I would be playing and they said I would be one of their defensive ends. They don't know which one yet because of how my body will grow, but it will be either a five-tech or a six-tech."
Hutchinson is looking forward to his first game as a player at the Big House.
“That's going to be a something-else moment, one I've been dreaming about since I was a little kid,” he said. “Just thinking about it now gets me excited and I can't wait to start there.
“I've been going to games ever since I was little with my dad. I remember visiting for a game when I was 9 when they were honoring my dad as a captain.”
The Wolverines offered a scholarship last March. At the time, Hutchinson was around 215 pounds. Today the 6-foot-5 Hutchinson is at 245 pounds. That frame has him likely headed for a strong-side defensive end spot at Michigan.
Hutchinson held additional offers from LSU, Louisville, Nebraska, Michigan State, Wisconsin and more.
His father stressed keeping an open mind and Hutchinson did that. He visited Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and others, and after all of that, decided Michigan was where he wanted to be.
“I love the whole feel of it, every time I visit it gets better and better,” he said. “Stepping out on the field feels pretty good. I grew up watching Michigan football.”
Hutchinson joins safety Otis Reese from Leesburg (Ga.) and offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor from Indianapolis as commitments in Michigan’s 2018 class.
Wolverines offer fast-rising running back
Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar 2018 running back Tavion Thomas added a Michigan offer to a recent run that has included Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and others also offering scholarships.
A big, bruising 6-foot-1, 225-pound back, he rushed for over 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
He has familiarity with Michigan, having satellite camped at Springfield High in Ohio last summer.
“(Coach Harbaugh is a) really a great man,” Thomas said. “He really cares about his kids. I just want to see him in action. I went to one of his camps and he’s really great, he’s really funny. He just brings a lot of energy.”
He visits Alabama this weekend after visiting Ohio State last weekend.
He does not have any visit plans for Michigan but says he would like to get to Ann Arbor as soon as he can.
Four-star Georgia DB lands an offer
Atlanta Carver safety Quindarious Monday was recently offered a scholarship by Michigan. Monday is an athletic 6-foot-3, 171-pound prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and more. The Wolverines are his first Big Ten offer.
The Wolverines have one Georgia prospect committed already in Otis Reese. They signed defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and running back Kurt Taylor out of Georgia a year ago and briefly held a commitment from another Georgia native, junior offensive lineman Jalil Irvin.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.