"It's just a dream come true," Hutcherson said. "Reality just gave me a hard slap in the face and it's time for me to grow as an athlete and a person. My goal is to go play football and to leave there with an education. It's not all about sports. You've got to have an education to be successful in life."
Hutcherson made the announcement at Dadeville High School a day after quarterback Zeke Pike from Ft. Mitchell, Ky., pledged to the Tigers.
Hutcherson, a 6-7, 245-pounder, is Auburn's fifth verbal commitment and is a prospect whose stock is on the rise. Numerous colleges began recruiting him after the word got out earlier this month that the 2010 national champion Tigers were interested in Hutcherson. Auburn is recruiting the big junior as an athlete who could line up on either side of the football in college.
Hutcherson, who played tight end and defensive end as a junior for a Dadeville team that made a strong run in the 4A state playoffs losing to eventual state champion Thomasville in the third round, chose his "dream school" over Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Utah, Southern Miss, Louisville, Vanderbilt and East Carolina. He was also being recruited by Alabama and other colleges.
I grew up an Auburn fan," he said. "I love Auburn. I have been watching Auburn play since I was a little kid. I've always been an Auburn fan."
He caught 14 passes for 400 yards and added five sacks as a junior. He also plays basketball for the Dadeville Tigers.
"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."
Hutcherson chose Auburn after taking several visits in the past two weeks including Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia Tech. He said taking some visits really helped to seal the deal for Auburn in his mind.
"I didn't feel the love at the other schools," Hutcherson said. "I just didn't feel like I fit in. I just felt like God had a plan for me and his plan was for me to go play for the national champion Auburn Tigers."