Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hutchins Weighs Offers, Settles on Evansville U

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hutchins Weighs Offers, Settles on Evansville U

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Brad Hutchins wasn't about to rush into anything.

So, before he recently decided to accept a scholarship offer from Evansville (Ind.) University, Hutchins carefully considered all his options.

"I had given Evansville an oral commitment, but it was non-binding," said Hutchins, a May graduate of Francis Howell North. "I'd heard from some other schools and I listened to what they had to say. I even went for a workout at Indiana."

But in the end, Hutchins decided to hook up with the Purple Aces.

"Indiana was interested, but the scholarship offer just wasn't as good as the one I got from Evansville," said Hutchins, who plans to play both football and baseball in college. "Plus, when I really looked into it, I felt that Evansville might be the better place, anyway. Evansville has one of the top baseball progams in the nation - Andy Benes of the San Diego Padres went there and so did his brother Alan (who's one of the top pitching prospects in the Cardinals' organization). Evansville plays in the Missouri Valley Conference along with top teams like Southwest Missouri State and Creighton.

"All things considered, I really felt that Evansville would be the best place for me."

Another benefit to attending Evansville is the chance to play both football and baseball. The Purple Aces have a Division I baseball program and compete at the Division I-AA level in football.

"I've seen a few of their baseball games, but I'm not really sure what to expect in football. I won't know where I stand until I leave for practice next month," said Hutchins, 18, who stands 5-feet-11 and weighs 190 pounds. "I realize there are no guarantees, but I feel like I'll have a chance to compete for playing time right away and that's really all you can ask for.

"I just have to show the coaches that I can do the job."

Hutchins, an All-GAC first-team selection in both football and baseball as a senior, will be a third-generation college football player. His grandfather played at the University of Dayton while his father, Dave, was an honorable mention All-America lineman at Miami University (Ohio).

A two-year starter at quarterback, Hutchins helped lead Howell North to a 9-2 season and to a share of the GAC title last fall. …

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