Auburn, Ala.--A frequent visitor to see the Auburn Tigers and planning to major in aviation management, Oregon tight end commitment Tre McKitty was on the Plains over the weekend for his official visit. Watching as the Tigers dismantled Arkansas 56-3 with a punishing ground game, McKitty said the game was a fun part of the weekend and he saw an impressive victory.
“It was a great, great win,” McKitty said. “I was expecting to see a close game, but they came out and balled out. There wasn’t too much passing, but when you’re getting 10 yards per run, you don’t need to pass.”
Passing to the tight end is something that has disappeared from Auburn’s offense the last two seasons with a true tight end seeing very little time on the field for the Tigers.
That’s something that appears to be trending in another direction however with Jalen Harris seeing more and more playing time and becoming a route option at times for the Tigers. McKitty said even though he’s not seeing it at the moment, he believes the time is coming for the tight end at Auburn.
“That’s a huge part,” McKitty said. ‘They asked me what scared me most about here and I told them the production factor, how I would be used and making sure of that. Other schools have been able to show me what they’re going to do. Coach Malzahn was telling me about when he was at Tulsa and had Charles Clay.
“I’ve had a good relationship with the coaching staff now for two years so I have trust in them, which helps a lot,” he added. “I know that they don’t have the guys to do what I like to do. The tight end they have now is more of a blocking guy, and if I came in I could give them a lot more at the position. I could help a lot.”
Spending time with close friend Nate Craig, McKitty said his first visit back to Auburn since Big Cat Weekend went really well. Admitting that he was close to choosing the Tigers following that visit, he said at the moment he’s still a Duck but is also still looking to make sure it’s the right fit for him.
“I wouldn’t put a ‘solid’ or ‘weak’ label on my commitment, I’m just thinking things over right now,” McKitty said. “I’m taking my visits because I’m still thinking and I want to see everybody again.”
Planning to visit Oregon this coming weekend after IMG Academy plays Long Beach (Cal.) Poly High on the road, McKitty said he has already visited Florida State and Miami and could also visit Florida sometime this season. He’s an early graduate that will graduate in December and enroll early at his school.