One of those is tight end Darrion Hutcherson. A 6-7, 245 pass-catcher for Dadeville, Hutcherson said that getting a chance to talk with Loeffler was huge for him to get to know his new coach.
"We just talked about different things," Hutcherson said. "He said he likes to throw the ball to the tight ends. He was just checking up on me in general. It was big for me to get to talk with him. I had a good relationship with Coach (Gus) Malzahn and it was great to get off to a good start with him."
As a senior Hutcherson had a strong season for Coach Richard White's team as the Tigers lost to UMS-Wright in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. In 13 games he caught 30 passes for 572 yards and six touchdowns. Because of that, hearing Loeffler talk about using the tight end has Hutcherson fired up about the future at Auburn.
"I got pumped," Hutcherson said. "I got really excited hearing that. He said he likes to utilize the tight ends and the wide receivers, too. He said he could line me up at tight end and also put me out in the slot."
With a solid class already on board and the chance to add more outstanding skill players, Auburn os within striking distance of yet another top recruiting class. Now with signing day here Hutcherson said he's looking forward to seeing who chooses the Tigers and becoming his future teammates.
"Hopefully, we can get Stefon Diggs along with Jaquay Williams and Ricardo Louis," Hutcherson said. "That would be big. We started off real good and then slacked up a little. We stuck together and although we're ranked in the teens it doesn't mean we're not going to finish strong. We didn't give up on our class and kept recruiting. We're trying to get back in the Top 10. Once everything is said and done we'll have a great recruiting class."
Currently, Hutcherson is playing basketball for Dadeville as the Tigers are undefeated in region play. Now 15-4 overall with nine consecutive wins and ranked fourth in the state, Dadeville is one of the teams to watch for heading towards the AHSAA Final 48 in Birmingham.