Hutcherson, AU Commits Help West To Win

Auburn commitment Darrion Hutcherson talks about his all-star game experience, the Tigers' win in Atlanta and more.

Dadeville, Ala.—Three Auburn commitments had a hand in the win for the West team in the Offense-Defense All-American Game on New Year's Eve as tight end Darrion Hutcherson, linebacker Cassanova McKinzy and running back Jovon Robinson helped their team to a 21-14 victory at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex.

Playing tight end for mostly an I-formation offense, Hutcherson turned into mostly a blocker as he helped guide the way for Robinson to play well at tailback. That included a 20-yard touchdown run that proved to be the eventual game-winner for the West. Hutcherson said overall the week went well for him and his future teammates.

"I actually roomed with Cassanova and Jovon stayed in our room a whole lot," Hutcherson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We all went out together and hung out. We are pretty used to be around each other because we always hang out a lot when we're in Auburn."

Playing in the spread in high school for the Dadeville Tigers, Hutcherson said that his time spent in Dallas didn't involve too much learning. Instead he just focused on his fundamentals and trying to help the offense as much as possible.

"We ran the I when we played and it was basically stuff I already knew," Hutcherson said. "It was fun though."

One of the most enjoyable parts of the weekend for Hutcherson and his future teammates was watching the Auburn Tigers take down Virginia in the Georgia Dome. Winning 43-24 in a game that was well in hand for much of the time, the Tigers finished strong and that was fun to watch for the 6-7, 245 tight end.

"I watched it," Hutcherson said. "That's Auburn football. That's how we play it. I'm glad they got a chance to let the whole nation know how we play Auburn football."

"We were talking down there in Texas," he added. "There was a team playing one night on TV and all the guys playing in the game were watching. People were talking about teams and we told them just to watch the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. We knew they had been working hard for two weeks and they went to the Chick-Fil-A and showed out."

Currently playing basketball for his high school team, Hutcherson said all that is on his mind now is helping the Tigers go deep into the playoffs, working out, and focusing on his academics to make sure he's ready to go in the summer.

As a senior Hutcherson caught 30 passes for 572 yards and six touchdowns for the Tigers as they completed a second consecutive undefeated regular season.


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