May 20, 2010
Louisiana lineman due for offers
Destrehan (La.) High School offensive lineman Ethan Hutson came into the spring with one offer from Tulane. With spring practice over, he still only holds one offer. But don't let the offer list fool you. Hutson is one of the top offensive linemen in the country and with his ability to snap, he may be atop a short list of the nation's top centers.
He continues to prove it too. A strong spring closed for Hutson with a dominating spring game.
"We finished up the spring Friday against H.L. Bourgeois," Hutson said. "The spring went really well. I think I improved a lot in the spring. I put the highlights on youtube. I had a really good game. I think losing some weight in the offseason really paid off."
Hutson trimmed down to a sturdy 285 pounds on a 6-foot-4 frame and is the starting left tackle for the Louisiana powerhouse program. He has played all over the line of scrimmage, including center and still snaps in short yardage situations. Hutson's versatility has attracted numerous coaches to come by practice to check him out.
Among his spring visitors have been Tulsa, SMU, Utah, Louisville, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, UL-M and others.
"Tulsa and SMU are the closest to offering," he said. "They brought both the position coach and area coach down to see me. Mississippi State has been by a lot. I don't know how close they are to offering but they're acting real interested. A lot of the schools are just giving camp invitations so it's hard to tell if they're sincere or just looking for another 45 dollars."
Academics certainly are not an issue for Hutson. In fact some of the schools that have been on him the hardest have been from the Ivy League. Though his goal has been FBS football, Hutson still recognizes the opportunity that an Ivy League education presents.
"A lot of Ivy League schools have been showing interest," he said. "With Penn I talked to their whole coaching staff and Harvard too. My dream has been to play college football at the highest level but I also realize that an education like that can change my future and my grandchildren's future. I can't say for sure that I'd go that way but I want to leave my options open."
As the top lineman performer at the loaded LSU Nike Camp, Hutson has proven that he can compete with the best. He hopes to continue to prove that this summer in front of some college coaches.
"I'm probably going to sit down and talk to my parents this weekend and we'll hopefully work that out," he said of his summer schedule. "I think I'm going to go to the people who I think are closes to an offer or the schools that I have the most interest in and honestly the ones we can drive to. I might make a few flights to camps but nothing we've discussed specifically."
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