Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tight end picks Auburn

Auburn received a commitment Friday night from one of the nation's top tight end prospects.

Philip Lutzenkirchen, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound senior at Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter High School, chose Auburn over offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Stanford and Mississippi State, according to

As a junior, Lutzenkirchen caught 46 passes for 496 yards and seven touchdowns. He'll play in the spread offense this year under new Lassiter coach Chip Lindsey.

Auburn's new spread offense under first-year offensive coordinator Tony Franklini factored in Lutzenkirchen’s college decision.

"The offense they run is the exact same system as we run, the same terminology," he said. "I know the spot I'll be playing, the ‘Y’ receiver, will get a lot of balls thrown at them. That was definitely a big part of me picking Auburn."

Lutzenkirchen is Auburn's eighth commitment for 2009. The list includes defensive linemen Terrence Coleman, Jamontay Pilson and Wilfred Journey, linebackers Harris Gaston and Eltoro Freeman, athlete Brandon Heavens and quarterback Raymond Cotton.

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