Football Tigers Get 13th Verbal Commitment

Auburn picked up another football commitment from a standout player in the Sunshine State on Friday.

Milton, Fla.--Auburn got its 13th verbal commitment for the 2005 recruiting class on Friday. Zach Kutch is a place kicker and punter, who also plays safety on defense, for Milton High School, who pledged to sign with the Tigers in February.

The 5-9, 165-pound kicker was an All-State selection as a senior and was being courted by a number of colleges across the country before deciding on the Tigers.

His father, Ray Kutch says that his son had been hearing from quite a few programs across the country, but just felt at right at home on the Plains. "He was hearing from West Virginia, Florida, UCF, Alabama and Michigan was courting him a little bit," Ray Kutch says. "The Naval Academy was really pushing hard and so was Air Force, both of the academies--also someone in Mississippi, but I am not sure whether it was Mississippi State or Ole Miss.

"It's pretty neat how things went on," he continues. "We had gone up for an unofficial visit to the Georiga game and everything. We have been going to a lot of different campuses and Zach said he just felt like he belonged. He felt comfortable and the people were kind of like he was."

His dad added that Zach has been kicking for Milton for three years now and like many of the top kicking prospects around the country his son started out as a soccer player. "Actually he started kicking his sophomore year and it kind of took off in his junior year. Basically, the last two years have really been big for him. He has played on the field and kicked, but he has really put his concentration on kicking. He used to be a big soccer player."

The talented senior has racked up some outstanding numbers over the past two seasons. The last two seasons combined Kutch was 52-55 on extra point attempts and 24-33 on field goal trys with long field goals of 51 as a junior and 54 as a senior. As a senior Kutch was 100 percent on field goal attempts from inside 49 yards, he kicked all but three of his kickoffs for touchbacks and averaged 43.5 yards per kick as a punter.

He was also named one of the Top 10 kickers in the country by Street and Smith's Magazine and was named kicking camp MVP for 2004 at both The University of Florida and Virginia Tech. Kutch was honored as a Pensacola News-Journal Super Senior, is a two-time All-Northwest Florida Team kicker and was a five-time Santa Rosa County Player of the Week.

Along with those awards, Kutch will be kicking in The Emerald Coast High School All-Star game in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday night.

Kutch joins current Tiger commitments Tray Blackmon, Ryan Stamper, Aairon Savage, Alonzo Horton, Rudy Odum, Patrick Trahan, Rex Sharpe, Oscar Gonzalez, Michael Harness, Prechae Rodriguez, Andrew McCain and Montez Billings.

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