AU Commitment Learning The System Early

6-4, 245 tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen of Lassiter High School talks about a variety of Auburn camps and his opportunity to get a head start on things.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn tight end commitment Philip Lutzenkirchen has one more year of high school football, but he's already getting familiar with his future offense. He attended the two-day camp at Auburn in mid-June, and along with his Lassiter High School teammates he also attended "The System" camp at Auburn this past week.

The camp lasted from Thursday until Saturday morning and had quite a mixture of coaches. Per NCAA rules, Auburn offensive coordinator Tony Franklin couldn't do the teaching. It was a mixture of other Auburn assistants, high school coaches who are clients of Franklin's and quite a few other notables: former AU graduate assistant Joe Hollis, who is now at Georgia Southern; former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig, who is in his first year at South Alabama; Troy offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Troy receivers coach Shayne Wasden, who played at Auburn in the late 1980's.

"We had coaches from different schools who run the system," Lutzenkirchen says. "Some of the Auburn coaches were out here helping out. Coach (Steve) Ensminger followed me around a lot. I got to hang out with him and he taught me a lot. (Lassiter) Coach (Chip) Lindsey was there, all of our coaches except for a couple of the defensive coaches.

"Our whole offense came down--O-line, skill, JV and three or four freshmen," Lutzenkirchen adds. "We got there the first day (Thursday) around 11 a.m. Central time and we just checked in. The first practice was at 2 p.m. We just did some fundamental stuff and learned some quick-game, some quick routes."

Lassiter High switched to the spread offense this spring, and Lutzenkirchen says it definitely helped for he and his teammates to get three more days to fine tune during the summer.

"We started in April or May this spring," he notes. "It was kind of hazy because we only had a month or two to learn it. This camp definitely helps just getting different coaches' opinions and different coaches' techniques kind of gives you your own personality on how you run a route and how the team plays. I definitely think it helped. It helped with our O-line too, because they really hadn't worked out as a unit before in this system.

"We worked on 32 power, 32 dive, a lot of the stretch plays where I was pinning my man inside, so 19, 18 stretch and some of the quarterback read plays where he fakes the handoff and he can take it."

On a personal level, Lutzenkirchen has gotten a head start of more than a year by taking advantage of the summer camp season and getting to work with Ensminger, also his recruiter, and also running the Franklin offense.

"Hopefully I'll know a lot of it by the time I get here so it won't be too hard," he notes. "It's the same stuff, just a little bit different terminology and some different sets.

"Ensminger followed me around on that, too," Lutzenkirchen says of the two-day senior camp in June. "I also got to throw with (current AU commitment) Raymond Cotton. I threw a lot of routes with him so that was good being able to mesh with him a little."

With "The System" camp ending on Saturday morning, Lutzenkirchen stayed for the senior one-day camp but didn't participate. He spent time with the Auburn coaches and also making friends with another quarterback the Tigers are recruiting, Ryan Mossakowski.

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