AU Offer Has Hutcherson Close To Decision

Dadeville High's Darrion Hutcherson talks about getting an offer from Auburn and the timetable for his decision.

Dadeville, Ala.--Darrion Hutcherson got the news he's been waiting for on Monday afternoon as the Auburn Tigers offered him a scholarship. At 6-7, 245 pounds with good speed and tons of upside, Hutcherson has seen his recruiting take off in recent weeks with the biggest boost coming from Coach Gene Chizik.

With Auburn already a heavy favorite after taking two visits to the Plains in the last week, Hutcherson said getting the offer only strengthened his feelings for the Tigers.

"I'm very close," Hutcherson said. "I haven't made a decision yet, but I'm very close. Coach Chiz told me and I told him how much I appreciated it and how much it meant to me. Once again it's like a dream."

"I just love that place," he added. "As soon as I stepped foot there I fell in love with it."

Visiting on Monday and again on Tuesday, Hutcherson said he and his family liked what they heard from Chizik and his staff when they spoke with the head coach.

"It was basically just talking about academics and grades," Hutcherson said. "Coach Chiz said we can put the car on the track, but you've got to the driver. My parents really liked that. They are very interested in the school. They love it. It was the first time they've been down there and they already love it."

Growing up in an Alabama house as an Auburn fan, Hutcherson said it was big for him to let his parents see exactly what it is that has him high on the Tigers.

"It was very important," Hutcherson said. "My dad was in total shock. He was like, ‘Thank you Coach, thank you Coach, that's what I want to hear because I'm most concerned about his grades.'"

Hutcherson visited Auburn last week and was back again on Monday to see the Tigers practice and talk with the coaches. Sitting down with Coach Jay Boulware and learning more about the tight end position in Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn's offense was a big part of things for him.

"I like the tempo in practice," Hutcherson said. "I saw everybody flying around the football. I loved the way they got after it. I had a meeting with Coach Boulware. He really likes me and has shown me a lot of love.

"It's a great start for me because I'm getting experience building a relationship with him," he added. "He would be my coach in the future."

With early offers from East Carolina, Southern Miss and Louisville, Hutcherson has seen his recruiting take off in recent weeks as teams get a chance to see his video from Dadeville's strong 2010 season. Playing tight end for the first time in his career after being more of a defensive end and basketball player prior to last fall, he managed 15 catches for around 400 yards and a touchdown. He also added five sacks on defense.

Those numbers on the field were backed up by some numbers off the field on Saturday as he took part in a combine at Leeds High and performed extremely well. Running a 4.7 40-yard dash, he added 18 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press to show his strength.

His ability has meant an increase in exposure with several more colleges trying to get into the mix lately by calling him and inviting him for visits.

"Ever since they offered me yesterday my phone has been blown up by coaches," Hutcherson said. "Vanderbilt, Utah, Alabama, all inviting meet to their spring games and talking about their schools."

Now with four offers on the table, Hutcherson said he's planning to make a decision soon so he can enjoy the rest of his junior year and not have to think about things heading into his senior season.

"I'm going to sit back and chill and just think about it," he said. "I just need to think about it a little more. It definitely won't be a while before I make my decision. It will be soon, just a few days."

Hutcherson said he plans to be back in Auburn this weekend for the A-Day Game on Saturday. Kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT.

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