April 8, 2009

State's top 2011 OL takes in Texas

Most of the early attention on the Class of 2011 prospects in the state of Texas has centered around the trio of top running backs that the state has to offer - Cibolo Steele's Malcolm Brown, San Antonio Madison's Aaron Green and Odessa's Bradley Marquez.

Yet the running back position isn't the only one in the state in 2011 that appears to be dripping wet with star talent. One look at the early Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list for 2011 shows an offensive line class that features three players in the top 10 and a number of other prospects that have top 25 potential.

The best of the bunch might be DeSoto tackle Marcus Hutchins, who ranks No.4 on the early LSR list and might actually be the top college prospect in a program that's loaded with elite-level talent. On Sunday afternoon, the Texas Longhorns took their first shot at eventually landing the possible five-star prospect when they hosted him at their spring game.

"I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the spring game," Hutchins said. "I got down there around 11:30A.M. and I got a chance to talk to some of the coaches. I talked with my position coach and I got a chance to hang out with some of the players."

If anything, Hutchins is still pinching himself over the idea that he's going to be one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state and a guy that will have unlimited options at his feet.

"It surprised me at first to hear that they were interested in me, but yes, they did show me that they have a real interest in me," Hutchins said. "I'm glad because Texas is one of my favorites and first choices."

According to the 6-5, 260-pound Hutchins, the Longhorns are hoping to see Hutchins back on the 40 Acres in the very near future.

"They asked if I would come back for one of their camps," Hutchins said. "Yes, I'm coming back."

As far as a list of early favorites, Hutchins has a few ideas about what he's going to be looking for when he makes a decision on his college future.

"Baylor, Texas A&M, UCLA - any school that has my major and a good program for it, that's what I'm going to be looking for. I'm looking to major in Kinesiology."

OB Scouting Report: As good as 2010 star lineman Evan Washington is, he's only the second-best tackle on the DeSoto offensive line because the best in state, regardless of classification might be Hutchins. The 6-5, 260-pound Hutchins is a dancing bear on the field, as he moved from level to level as effortlessly as someone half his size. On top of his outstanding feet and athleticism, this is also a guy that plays the game with a nasty disposition and he uses his hands better than any line prospect I've seen in this class.

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