Athletics And Academics at Auburn Appealing to Tight End Prospect Tre McKitty

Talented Tre McKitty, a class of 2017 football prospect, discusses his day on the Auburn campus.

On his way home from working out on Sunday at The Opening football prospect camp in Buford, Ga., Tre McKitty checked out Auburn's practice on Tuesday and noted that he liked what he saw.

“I like how they use the tight ends,” McKitty said after watching the Tigers go through a full pads workout. 

“They split them out and do a lot of other things I like,”? the prospect said. “Their fast-paced offense, a kind of hurry-up offense, is what I like.”

Standing 6-4 and weighing in at 235 pounds, McKitty is getting plenty of attention from colleges and has a variety of scholarship offers, including one from Auburn.

“My visit to Auburn was great,” he said. “I had been there before. This time I got a chance to see the whole campus.

“I like how convenient everything is,” he pointed out. “Everything is close together and the dorms are really nice.”

McKitty noted that he is “very high” on the Tigers. One of the things he likes the most is the academic part of the equation.

“Auburn is one of the only schools that has the major that I want, aviation management, so that is a big plus for them,” he said.

“It is a great place and I have a good relationship with the coaches,” he added. “They like how I play. I am versatile. I can play on the outside or inside. I can put my hand down on the ground and do a lot, and they can use me in space, something I?really like.”

The tight end was a standout performer at The Opening, earning an invitation to the national event that will be held this summer.

On a two-week spring break from his school, IMG? Academy in Bradenton, Fla., McKitty said that it is too early to name a favorite. Among the colleges interested are Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Miami where he had committed previously prior to a coaching change. 

The prospect, who just turned 17 in January, said he expects he will likely grow a bit more before he heads off to college. Exactly when he is going to pick his college destination is still to be determined. “I might do it before the start of the season or I might wait a while and take some official visits,”? McKitty said.

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