Michael Hutchings of De La Salle named Mr. Football

De La Salle linebacker Michael Hutchings was named Mr. Football by Cal-Hi Sports, an honor reserved for California’s top high school football player. The USC-bound senior joins Amani Toomer, D.J. Williams and Derek Landri as former Spartans to win the award.

Hutchings is the first East Bay player to earn the honor since Landri in 2001. He’s also the first linebacker to be named Mr. Football since Williams in 1999.

Hutchings, who led De La Salle to a fourth consecutive Open Division state title last month, recently participated at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.

Stephanie Hammon

  • s1lverngreen

    Way to go Hutch! Good luck at U$C, however, if you change your mind Cal is a shorter drive! Congratulations!

  • Porque

    Congrats to Michael Hutchings, you’ve had quite a high school career and you deserve all the accolades. Great job and good luck at USC. I’m sure they’re very happy.

  • Way to go! Your leadership and team attitude play really stood out. It was nice to meet you and you are a true gentleman and class act. Go Trojans!

  • eastbayscout

    very well deserving award. an absolute stud at LB, what amazed me most was his coverage skills at LB. Most high school LB’s lack those instincts, especially one as big and stout against the run as he was.

    but can’t help but see that is the 4th guy from DLS to win the award. Well deserving all of them no doubt, congrats to them all. But its funny a team full of small, unathletic, overachievers has been able to accomplish so much. how many teams have had 4 Mr. Football’s? Not superior talent though, ONLY coaching and the brotherhood.

  • panther4

    Eastbayscout…You took the words right out of my mouth! Great player, congrats on the award, you deserved it son.
    Kind of refutes the, average athlete war cry for the spartans

  • average athlete war cry is not accurate. DLS has always touted great players. The cry is they take average players and make them a whole lot better than opponents with great coaching, fundamentals and training. Again, a college style program with a perfect storm. Everyone on the DLS football team is expected to contribute in games and practice. Every bloack and every tackle counts. That’s why the reserves are so good, everyone and I mean everyone buys in.

  • Stewie

    @YoMama U hit the nail on the head. He also leaves DLS with a great work-ethic. Having been a coach I was always more inclined to take a worker, for with a team there is more added value in that player that benefits the greater good .