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Recruiting on the Plains: 2018 DT Jaylon Hutchings Commits to Texas Tech

The Red Raiders continue to add to their defensive side of the ball in the 2018 class.

Player: Jaylon Hutchings
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 270
School: Forney (Forney, Texas)
Class: 2018
Offers: Arkansas State, Connecticut, Kansas State, New Mexico, North Texas, SMU, Texas Tech
Recruiting Services: Rivals | 24/7 Sports | Scout | ESPN
Cumulative Ranking: 0.8054

Hey! Would you like a really strong and athletic defensive tackle / running back? Yeah, me too. Hutchings is the rare combination of strength, size and speed and his ability to play on both ends of the field is truly impressive. On the defensive line, Hutchings shows some quick reaction time and some crazy strength and at running back, Hutchings is strong and quick and all at 270 pounds.

Hutchings finished with 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4 sacks, while running for 719 yards on 120 carries for 6 touchdowns which is about 6 yards a carry. The crazier stats is that in 2015, Hutchings had 123 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 6 sacks, but didn’t really run the ball, only toting the rock 3 times. I suppose that the idea here is that if you give Hutchings an opportunity to focus on one side of the ball, he’ll shine. And the running back highlights are legitimately impressive.

Hutchings spoke with Red Raider Sports’ Maitland Rutledge about where he’ll play and his position coach, Terrance Jamison:

“They see me playing a little bit of the nose and some 3-technique, but mostly over the center. It’s pretty much interchangeable but mostly over the center.

He also mentioned defensive line coach Terrance Jamison and him have built a good relationship since his visit.

“Yes I would day I’ve got a good relationship with him, He’s a really nice guy to talk to and you can tell he really cares about his players. That’s what I like about him.”

This is a pick-up that I absolutely love. A player that’s obviously not finished and is a ridiculous athlete that can hopefully grow into that nose tackle position. Yes, I’ll take this 100 out of 100 times.

There’s a 24/7 Sports article, but be careful because there’s a pop-up video that plays and I absolutely hate it. In fact, anytime you click on any part of 24/7 some sort of video automatically starts to play.

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