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Two weeks ago, Acalanes senior quarterback Brady Huchingson got the call he waited his entire life for.
For years, Hutchinson was an underrated prospect out of the Bay Area. Despite putting up some of the state’s top numbers, coupled with the prototypical size to play at the next level, the offers just weren’t coming. The college interest wasn’t pouring in as expected.
Well, that all changed in April.
Oregon State offered Huchingson a preferred walk-on spot, and Huchingson announced that will be his future home on Wednesday evening.
“It was almost like relief because we’ve been waiting for so long and working hard for so long with nothing, and it finally paid off,” Huchingson said. “It’s just been awesome.”
Getting to this point was a daunting task, but Huchingson was always up for it.
And he was up for it bright and early, waking up at 5:30 a.m. every day from August until December leading up to this spring season.
Those efforts lended themselves into a monster senior campaign for Huchingson, whose abilities on the football field carried Acalanes to a 5-1 record, as Huchingson threw for 1,381 yards and 15 touchdowns. He finished with the state’s 15th-most passing yards and 18th-most touchdowns, while the yardage and scoring totals were both No. 2 in the North Coast Section.
Huchingson’s incredible production answered a junior season when he threw for 2,646 yards, 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions while running in another seven scores in 12 games in the Don’s run to their first league championship in three decades.
“Hard work was all it was,” Huchingson said. “I was waking up at 5:30 in the morning from August until December, until our season started and I’ve been lifting every day since quarantine started. It paid off a lot.”
Oregon State saw what Huchingson was doing, too, as the coaching staff first reached out on Twitter before having a couple of phone conversations with Huchingson and sending an offer his way.
Now Huchingson knows that the season finale against California – a thrilling 23-22 victory for the Dons – wasn’t his last on the football field. He still has another four years to play, and he’s ready to make his game even better ahead of his career in the Pac-12.
“I want to put on some weight,” Huchingson said. “That’s my biggest thing I need to do before I go up there. I’m going to work really hard to do that – lift a lot, eat a lot, make it happen.”
All he can do right now is just smile – an expression that won’t leave his face for a long time.
“It was a great moment,” Huchingson said. “I haven’t really stopped smiling since then. I’ve just been super happy all week, and this whole game I just had full confidence in myself. It wasn’t too much pressure anymore, and I knew I was working to be a star at the next school.”
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