Big Tight End Has Plenty of Potential

Dadeville tight end Darrion Hutcherson talks recruiting and his development on offense as a junior.

Dadeville, Ala.--Players develop at different rates and sometimes a late bloomer can become a big-time prospect. That could be the case with 6-7, 245 tight end Darrion Hutcherson from Dadeville. Mostly a basketball player growing up even though he played football, Hutcherson blossomed as a junior and could be a rising prospect heading into the 2011 season.

"I've always played football, but I really liked basketball," Hutcherson said. "The first college that ever looked at me was Tuskegee in basketball so I thought that would be my way. When I got more into football I really liked the game."

Playing for one of the top offensive teams in Class 4A last year, Hutcherson developed into a key target for the Tigers. Playing both ways he caught 15 passes for around 400 yards and a touchdown while adding five sacks on defense. He said while he enjoys both, it's offense that's his favorite.

"I like tight end," Hutcherson said. "I really like playing offense. Coach (Chad) McKelvey worked me really hard last summer to trim me down a little bit to get me faster. He just pulled me to the side one day and we started running routes. I always like trying something new and I just fell in love with it."

Hearing from Arkansas State, Alabama, Southern Miss and several other smaller schools, Hutcherson said said he's always been focused on playing for one team in particular.

"I grew up an Auburn fan," Hutcherson said. "I love Auburn. I have been watching Auburn play since I was a little kid. I've always been an Auburn fan. Everybody else in my house is an Alabama fan, but there was just something about Auburn that made me like them."

Hutcherson is planning to take a visit to Auburn on Wednesday to check out a practice.

Playing basketball as well as football, Hutcherson said now that his season is complete on the hardwood he's been in the weight room and running to get ready for his senior year. He said he also hopes to go to several camps this summer to try to improve as a receiver before next year.

"I'm trying to work on my speed," Hutcherson said. "I definitely want to get faster before next season. That's basically my main goal."

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