Lutzenkirchen 100 Percent Sure Of His Future

Tight end commitment Philip Lutzenkirchen talks about his official visit to Auburn and where he stands.

Marietta, Ga.--Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen is one of Auburn's prize commitments for the 2009 class. A four-star prospect from Lassiter High, he has been a commitment to the Tiger program since May, but began having some questions during the season when Tony Franklin was fired as Auburn's offensive coordinator.

After taking an official visit to Auburn for the Georgia game on Saturday, Lutzenkirchen says that all of his questions have now been answered and he's solid to the Tigers.

"That is still where I want to go and where I plan on signing on signing day," Lutzenkirchen says. "When I came down on Saturday they answered a lot of stuff. They said they're going to stick with the spread and do more one-back stuff because you do have to run the ball in the SEC. I'm still 100 percent Auburn. That's where I want to go. I'll probably take my other visits to see some other places."

With schools all over the country wanting to try to sway him from Auburn, Lutzenkirchen says he has a few programs in mind to take visits to, but the relationships he's built at Auburn with the players and important to him and he's sure he'll stick by his pledge because of that.

"I don't have anything set up right now," Lutzenkirchen says. "Probably Florida, North Carolina and maybe South Carolina (will be visit locations).

"From day one they (Auburn coaches) told me to see other places and make sure it feels right. Like my parents said they trust coach (Tommy) Tuberville and coach (Steve) Ensminger and all the guys to have me there for the next four years. They trust me seeing other places. They just want what is best for me."

Arriving early Saturday morning after taking part in an overtime playoff win late on Friday night, Lutzenkirchen says that he had a busy day taking in all of the activities surrounding a game day with the Tigers. Hosted by Ryan Pugh, he notes it was good to see his good friend and hang out with him again.

"The game was good," Lutzenkirchen says. "It was a tough loss like they‘ve had a couple of times this season. It could have gone either way. They are just having a down year. Everyone is going to have them. After that we went out to eat with all of the coaches. Then I hung out with my host Ryan Pugh.

"That was good," he adds. "A couple of times since I've been down I've had the chance to hang out with him. He's up at my high school a lot because his dad is coaching there. We've got a pretty good relationship. He's one of my good buddies. It's just another benefit of having him down there at the school I'm going to go to."

Another benefit and close friend Lutzenkirchen will have at Auburn is fellow commitment Raymond Cotton. The two met at a summer football camp and hit it off. Since then they've kept in touch and got a chance to talk a lot during their visits.

"With him moving up to Maryland I haven't been able to see him too often," Lutzenkirchen says. "It was good to catch up and kind of go through the whole process again and meet with the coaches. Our hotel rooms were right next to each other. We just kind of hung out."

Lutzenkirchen and Lassiter High will take on North Gwinnett this Friday night in the second round of the GHSAA playoffs.


Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories