USC linebacker Michael Hutchings isn’t prepping for the NFL draft.
The captain of USC’s defense in 2016 said on Tuesday he decided to enter the real-estate sector during his senior season and forego any shot of the NFL. He said, in an article posted to USC’s website, that he wanted to go ahead and start his career at 21 rather than a couple of years later.
After college football, I knew that my NFL chances were slim to none, so I just played my odds and decided to pursue another profession that motivates me. I would be more of a free agent type, which would put me behind. I just figured I’d get ahead by starting my commercial real estate career in investment sales at 21-years-old instead of waiting until I was 23 or 24.
Once I made that decision, accepting a job offer in the middle of my senior season, it freed me up. I was good. I was relaxed. I had my plan set for after school, and I just played. I was playing with zero pressure. I was just playing football and having fun because I knew it was my last few games playing football.
Hutchings was USC’s starting middle linebacker in 2016 and was the team’s third-leading tackler. He had 66 tackles and eight tackles for loss. The final game of his football career was USC’s comeback win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl where he had two tackles for loss. As he noted in his post, the last of the two tackles came on a third-down stop that led to USC’s tying drive with 1:20 left. After an interception on Penn State’s next drive, USC won on a 46-yard field goal as time expired.
Hutchings will be starting his new career about the same time that some of his former teammates like Adoree’ Jackson will be heading to their first NFL training camps. He said he’ll begin in July after he takes a trip to Asia.
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