Sadarius Hutcherson most definitely passes the eye test.
Listed at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, Hutcherson was athletic enough to star on both sides of the ball for Hungtingdon (Tenn.) High School, just over 100 miles west of Nashville.
Where exactly the three-star prospect winds up playing at South Carolina has not been decided — Hutcherson could play defensive end or offense tackle — but he is doing his best to prepare for the college game no matter where he lines up.
“It depends on which position I do well at. To be honest, my goal is to make sure I’m good enough to play in the SEC,” he told SEC Country before moving to Columbia last month.
“I want to make sure my footwork is right, my strength and everything is right. I know there can be long drives and want to make sure I’m in shape and I want to make sure I’m ready, before I can say that I’m ready to play.”
Ranked the nation’s No. 37 strong-side defensive end in the 247Sports Composite, Hutcherson was offered by the Gamecocks while offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was serving as interim coach. He committed in December, shortly after Will Muschamp was named head coach.
“Sadarius is a really good athlete … a guy we saw who could really move his feet,” Muschamp said on signing day. “He’s got a really good frame on himself and he’s got really good growth potential, to be a big-time player.”
As a senior, Hutcherson recorded 45 tackles and six sacks.
One side of the ball isn’t preferred over the other, but Hutcherson certainly wouldn’t mind playing for Muschamp’s defense.
“He’s a very good defensive coach and he loves defense. I love defense also, so if I end up on that side of the ball, I know I’m going to get educated right on that side of the ball, because he knows all about defense,” Hutcherson said. “He’s a very intense coach, but he can get mad really quick. What coach doesn’t get mad? He’s got that type of discipline.
“He’s the type of coach that will get you right, get you ready for anything that you need to be ready for.”