4-Star DE Aidan Hutchinson Discusses Michigan Recruiting, The Opening Performance

    Four-star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson spoke with Campus Insiders about his performance at Nike's The Opening camp and the state of Michigan recruiting.

    April 4, 2017

    Four-star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson spoke with Campus Insiders about his performance at Nike’s The Opening camp and the state of Michigan recruiting. 

    There were Michigan recruiting targets all over the field at the Chicago Bears’ practice facility for Nike’s The Opening regional camp on Sunday.

    Three-star offensive tackles Antwan Reed and Jalen Mayfield held their own, and Michigan 4-star offensive guard commit Emil Ekiyor impressed as well.

    One prospect who especially stood out was 4-star recruit Aidan Hutchinson, who committed to Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines on Feb. 21. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Dearborn, Michigan native is ranked as the No. 20 defensive end and No. 202 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, and he showed why this past weekend.

    When Hutchinson spoke with Campus Insiders after the event, he was upbeat about his showing.

    “I think I performed very well today, [but] there is always room for improvement, though,” he said.

    The battles between and Hutchinson and Reed were particularly intriguing. The Wolverines are among a few teams chasing the No. 37 offensive tackle in the country, including Penn State and Virginia Tech.

    While Hutchinson would enjoy going up against Reed at the next level, he’d rather go toe-to-toe with the 6-foot-7, 267-pound offensive lineman every day at practice.

    “He’s definitely a guy I would like to join me at Michigan. He’s a great lineman with tremendous talent. I’d love to see that guy commit to Michigan,” Hutchinson said of Reed.

    But there are more big names on Hutchinson’s list, names like 4-star defensive end Tyler Friday (Ramsey, New Jersey) and 4-star tight end Will Mallory (Jacksonville, Florida).

    “I’ve done a little bit of recruiting. I’m trying to get some guys on board,” Hutchinson said. “Like Tyler Friday, for example. I was talking to him on my Michigan visit. It seemed like we had a pretty good chance by the way he was speaking of Michigan. I’m trying to recruit Will Mallory also.”

    Potential future commitments aside, Hutchinson is ecstatic about beginning the next chapter in his life as a Michigan man.

    Of course, the Wolverines could use a pass rusher like him after losing the majority of their starting defenders this offseason. However, Hutchinson isn’t doubting for a second defensive coordinator Don Brown’s ability to keep the defense performing at a high level — even with the roster turnover.

    “I’m excited to see how they look in the spring game. It’s gonna’ be great seeing new faces out there. I love the kind of defense they run, and I think I’m a great fit for it,” he said.

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