Philip Lutzenkirchen is one of the top tight ends in Georgia for the 2009 recruiting class. Lutzenkirchen finished his junior year with 46 receptions for 496 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end while adding 48 tackles, an interception, and a blocked punt on defense. Philip is a versatile athlete who also played some safety for Lassiter High School. Recently new recruiting coordinator and tight end coach James Coley received Lutzenkirchen's film, and he didn't hesitate to offer.
"Recruiting has been going good. It has been hectic and it really picked up in February. I like it though and I am happy I have these offers. Going into last season I never had played tight end before. This is a neat process so far. Auburn, Stanford, Mississippi State, Troy and Georgia Tech have offered me, and today (Thursday) Florida State officially offered me. I get around 5 or 6 letters a day from all the schools in the ACC and SEC, and I am hearing from some PAC-10 schools, too."
The offer from Florida State is one that Philip is excited about. While he is just beginning to get familiar with the program, he says the offer is something he is legitimately going to consider.
"I'm definitely interested in FSU. They have a winning tradition. They have Bobby Bowden as their coach, and while he may not be there much longer, it would be neat to play for him for a few years. I spoke to Coach Coley today about the offer, and told me that the staff really likes me. He said they had just gotten my film and they liked what they saw. He said the staff all agreed and that they couldn't wait to offer me any longer. Also, Coach Coley told me that they like my athleticism and that they think I could play a key part in their offense."
Coach Coley and the staff invited the talented recruit to the spring game this weekend, but Lutzenkirchen says that he isn't able to make it.
"Coach Coley wanted me to come in for the spring game this Saturday, but I won't be able to make it because it's such short notice. Also, I am supposed to be heading up to Clemson for their spring game. I am going out to Stanford in a few weeks to check them out, and I've been to Georgia Tech several times. As far as FSU goes, I am definitely going to visit sometime soon. I just need to line up a date with the coaches."
One school that stands out for Philip is Auburn due to a great visit he had recently. He says that while the visit stood out, he is wide open to the process at this time.
"All the schools that contact me I plan on considering. Auburn is my leader at this time, but I am still wide open. I say they are the leader because I really enjoyed my visit there. They run the same exact offense we do at my high school, so I wouldn't have to learn new terminology or any of that. I felt at home there when I was on the visit. I like the spread offense and all, but I am looking more for comfort."
Lutzenkirchen is a guy who moves very well for his size. The 6'4" 235 pound recruit feels his athleticism is what makes him stand out and catch on the tight end position so quickly.
"I think my athleticism is what makes me stand out. I move well for a guy my size. I am able to make plays, and I have a good mental IQ of the game. I understand it and what needs to be done."
Philip told NoleDigest that he plans on making his decision in the summer or very early fall. He wants to get the decision out of the way so he can focus on his senior season. While he isn't sure what schools stand out to him, he does know what he is looking for.
"Number 1 I am looking for academics. I want to go to a school that is good academically and is well known for having a good education. The other factors are that I want to feel comfortable and I don't want to go somewhere that has a loaded depth chart. I want to compete for my spot and I want to earn it, but I also want to be able to get on the field and help my team win."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Philip and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.