Tigers Land Talented Tight End

Auburn got good news on Friday evening with a four-star football prospect choosing the Tigers.

Marietta, Ga.--Philip Lutzenkirchen, a Scout.com four-star tight end from Lassiter High School, has made his college choice.

Lutzenkirchen announced on Friday night that he will sign with Auburn, picking the Tigers over offers from Clemson, Stanford, Florida State, Georgia Tech and others.

"I decided to go to Auburn," says Lutzenkirchen. "I have not told the coaches yet, but I have known for a while."

A talented prospect who is ranked as the number seven tight end in the country by Scout.com, Lutzenkirchen made several trips to Auburn during the spring. He says everything about Auburn appeals to him when making his decision.

"I have a real good friend who goes to school there," he says. "Every visit I have taken I have felt really good about it. I feel comfortable with the staff, and they run the same offense we run. Hopefully, I can catch on pretty quick."

"Sometimes you hear it's just Auburn, but they have really good academics," he added. "They have a beautiful campus and nice brick buildings. It's a nice little town."

Lutzenkirchen built a stong relationship with the Auburn coaching staff even before he was recruited because of his school's offensive system, based on Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin's scheme.

"I was recruited by coach [Tony] Franklin and coach [Steve] Ensminger," he says. "My coach, Chip Lindsey, is good friends with Tony Franklin. I met him before he was at Auburn through my coach.

"Once Auburn offered I knew I was going there. Coach Ensminger is a real nice guy," he adds. "The coaches are easy to talk to. They didn't tell me things like other schools just to make me happy. They were straightforward with me.

"I can't wait to get there. I am glad it's off my chest. I can tell these other schools I am not interested. I will probably go on my official visits, but I am not sure to which schools."

Lutzenkirchen has spent time during the spring improving a few aspects of his game as his team finishes up spring practice Friday night. Despite being bothered by a hamstring proble, he said that he feels good about his progress heading into the summer.

"I feel like I got more familiar with the offense," he says. "I have definitely gotten better at running routes. We really focused on that.

"I am 6-4, 245-pounds," he adds. "I definitely want to keep my speed. I want down to 235 pounds. Hopefully, I can keep building muscle mass."

Inside The Auburn Tigers will have more on Lutzenkirchen's commitment as reporter Stephen Atkinson is on hand for the official announcement and will have a follow-up story.

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