Four-Star Tight End Visits The Swamp

The Florida Gators had their largest margin of victory against an opponent on Saturday in The Swamp and a hand full of top high school prospects were on hand to see the demolition. One surprise visitor was Marietta (GA) tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. The four-star Auburn commitment still considers himself committed to the Tigers, but has recently opened his commitment up to look around.

Standing 6-4 and 245-pounds Lutzenkirchen also has outstanding speed for his size running tin the 4.6-4.7 range in the 40-yard dash. As a senior so far, he has 40 catches for 610 yards and six touchdowns in eight games.

A couple of weeks ago, Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville decided to let go offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. As expected a prospect or two committed to Auburn raised an eyebrow and have decided to look around. Lutzenkirchen told reporters last week he was going to make sure he has made the right decision and so he was going to look to see what else was out there.

It didn't take long for the Florida Gators to get involved.

"They called me Wednesday of last week and I called them back," Lutzenkirchen said. "They told me they liked my film. Florida being the prestigious program and school that it is, it definitely caught my attention and I definitely wanted to check them out."

Saturday, Lutzenkirchen came to Gainesville to check out Florida and the Gators certainly made more of an impression on him.

"It was pretty nice," he said. "I had never been down there before. It was fun to catch a game there, see the coaches and see the campus."

It was a one day trip and so there wasn't a lot of time to interact with the coaching staff. As productive as the Gators were on the day, the tight ends did not catch a pass. Still, Lutzenkirchen knows what the Gator offense does with the position and he likes what he has seen so far this season.

"We didn't get to watch any film, but I saw the game and I like what they do with the tight end," he said. "I have seen a couple of their games this year and they like to spread the ball out, do some zone blocking and some power blocking and it was pretty neat to see that."

Running Back Coach Kenny Carter (recruiting area coach), Tight End Coach John Hevesy, and Head Coach Urban Meyer were all happy that Lutzenkirchen made the trip. They all made it a point to meet up with him for a few moments after the game.

"I met with Coach Carter, Coach Hevesy, and Coach Meyer," he said. "They just said that they like my film, body type, speed, and like me as an all around tight end. They told me that the last few years they have only been able to recruit a tight end that is 260 pounds and can only block or is 220 pounds and is only a receiver. They like that I am both...They said they want to get me down for an official visit after the season."

Florida isn't the only school that has come knocking since Lutzenkirchen announced he was looking around. Some of the biggest schools in college football have suddenly checked in to see if he might be interested. He is really listening to everyone right now.

"Texas Tech has offered and South Carolina has recently offered," he said about the two schools that sent offers this week. "We have been getting letters from Kansas, and Michigan called the other day. I have close to 20 offers now...We really haven't set any visits up...we are just playing it by ear."

Lutzenkirchen may visit and look at other schools, but he remains committed to the team on the Plains.

"I am still committed to Auburn and will see how things play out there," he said. "I want to wait to see who they hire as an offensive coordinator and meet with him and see what he is all about. I will keep my options open in case things don't work out and take some official visits."

In the meantime he has a season to finish and there is a new found excitement at Lassiter. According to Lutzenkirchen, winning has become the norm and not the exception around school.

"We are 6-2, and tied for second place in our region," he said. "The last couple of years haven't been this good and a year like this is getting our program back on the map. We have a new coach and he is doing a great job of changing the whole mindset of our program."

They run the spread offense at Lassiter and that along with his penchant for being a pretty good high school basketball player, Lutzenkirchen seems like a great fit for the university of Florida and what they like to do with the tight end.

The upcoming weeks should be big in his recruitment as he looks at schools and starts deciding on official visits. will be right there bringing you every step of the process.

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