Nation's Top Punter Commits To Auburn

Talented punter Jimmy Hutchinson from Harrison (Ga.) High committed to Auburn on Tuesday. He is considered the nation's top junior punter by two top kicking publications.

Kennesaw, Ga.—Rated the top punter in the nation by both Chris Sailer and Kohl's Kicking, 6-2, 175-pounder Jimmy Hutchinson visited Auburn on Saturday to meet and talk with the coaches and check out the facilities. On Tuesday he decided he had waited long enough as he gave his commitment to the coaches that he wants to be an Auburn Tiger.

"Just the fact that it was just me the other day and not 40 or 50 other juniors just sealed the deal for me," Hutchinson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I love the family and the tradition they have at Auburn. I just felt at home.

"I knew after the visit this past weekend," he added. "I just went home and talked to my parents about it."

Spending several hours talking with Auburn's Special Teams Coordinator Jay Boulware, Hutchinson said getting to know him better and seeing the success he's had made it easy decision for him to choose the Tigers.

"I have full trust in him putting me in the right spot," Hutchinson said. "I just think he's a great coach. I'm looking forward to working with him."

One of the key reasons why Hutchinson decided to choose the Tigers was the fact he would have a veteran to work with like Steven Clark. Auburn's All-American punter will be a junior in 2012 and have just one season left when Hutchinson joins the team. He said that's an exciting thing to think about.

"It's really reassuring that I would have some options (playing or redshirting)," Hutchinson said. "It's really good to have an All-American like Steven there to show me around and just point me in the right direction for when he leaves."

Also hearing from Ohio State, Purdue, Miami and several more schools, Hutchinson said that while Auburn was his only offer he knew it was the right place for him. Because of that he said there was no better time to make his decision than now.

"It is a lot of stress off my back," Hutchinson said. "I'm just looking forward to my senior year now. I'm 100 percent set on Auburn.

"Now I'm just going to focus on my goals," he added. "I want to be a high school All-American and remain number one in the country. I just want to get the job done."

Hutchinson becomes Auburn's third commitment for 2013 joining defensive lineman Dee Liner and linebacker Trey Johnson.

As a junior, Hutchinson averaged 38 yards per punt and had 15 punts downed inside the opponents 20-yard line.

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