New Academics Center Impresses Recruit

This visitor to Auburn comments on what he liked on his official recruiting trip to the campus.

Milton, Fla.--Zach Kutch, a strong-legged kicker from Milton High School who committed to the Tigers in mid-December, took an official visit to learn more about life in Auburn away the football field in Auburn.

While joining a team on a 15-game winning streak is something to be excited about, Kutch came away just as excited about the commitment to education and the new student-athlete academic center.

"I like everything that's available with the football players and how the first thing isn't football," he said. "The first thing is to come here and get your degree and they help you the whole time along the way.

"They have an awesome center for the student athletes to come and study," Kutch added. "It was all high-tech and that was pretty neat to me. I'm really interested in all of that. The stadium was awesome and the people are awesome."

Zach Kutch

Kutch was perfect on field goal attempts inside 49 yards as a senior and all but three of his kickoffs went for a touchback. The 5-9, 165-pound kicker said after his visit to Auburn that he's looking forward to playing for the national coach of the year.

"I like the way Coach (Tommy) Tuberville is and what his motto is and the way he runs things around here," Kutch said. "I really like him a lot. He's straight up with you and he doesn't want anything bad going on. He expects you to come in and work and do your best."

Kutch's player host was kicker John Vaughn. After spending the weekend with the fellow kicker, Kutch said that he has some things to work on before coming to Auburn this summer.

"I went and met a lot of football players and played a lot of X-Box," he said. "I've got to work on my skills on that. I wasn't too good. It was a first."

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