Offer in Mail for Four-star TE

The Florida Gators look to be extending a written offer to four-star tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. The 6-4, 245 pound Auburn commitment raised some eyebrows this week with his magnificent catch and pitch of a long pass in the back of the end zone where he assisted on the touchdown pass. The play has been a you-tube hit this week, but the Florida Gators have loved his play for a while now.

Marietta (GA) Lassiter tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has been on Atlanta talk shows and the like sine his big catch and pitch last weekend. He looked like a basketball player falling out of bounds and just trying to keep the ball alive, only this one was a long touchdown strike that actually did put six points on the board for Lassiter.

"I made a crazy catch in my game on Saturday," Lutzenkirchen said about why he has been getting all the notoriety. "I just went up for the ball and I knew I wasn't able to get my feet in bounds. When I was up in the air I saw my teammate so I just flipped it to him."

Lutzenkirchen's junior highlight film had a couple of big time catches that caught recruiters eyes, but unfortunately for a lot of schools he decided to commit early to Auburn University. His senior year he has been tearing it up on the gridiron as well and has 50 catches for 846 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

Less than a two hour drive from Auburn, Lutzenkirchen remains committed to the Tigers, but he has opened his commitment up a bit since they fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. The Florida Gators have taken notice and Wednesday they informed Lutzenkirchen he would be receiving a scholarship offer in the mail. Florida Tight End Coach John Hevesy seems to be really interested in the big time play maker.

"Coach Hevesy said today I have an offer coming in the mail," Lutzenkirchen said. "It's a great offer for me. I have always thought very highly of Florida, they are one of the big time schools in college football. I am hopeful to take an official visit some time after the season."

Lutzenkirchen has kept his eye on the Gators and he know what they can do on offense. He has seen a few Florida games on television this year and likes how Florida utilizes the tight end. Although not a Gator fan, Lutzenkirchen took great joy in Florida's demoralizing 49-10 win over rival Georgia Saturday. Even though he has lived in Georgia for almost ten years, he always gets pleasure seeing the Dawgs lose.

"I watched the Florida-Georgia game and it was awesome," he said. "Any time someone beats Georgia I am pretty excited. I just don't like Georgia at all."

His connection with Auburn has everything to do with proximity and a group of friends that go to school there and are on the team. That is enough right now to keep him committed and checking back in with Auburn when the coaching situation shakes out.

"I'm still waiting to see what happens with the offensive coordinator position at Auburn and after I get a chance to sit down with them and talk about that, I will have a decision made," he said about his commitment. "I just fell in love with the campus and the coaching staff. I knew a couple of the players and it is pretty close to home. I just felt like it was the best decision at the time.

Lassiter has a must win game against Roswell this week, the winner goes into the playoff while the loser stays home. Lutzenkirchen is preparing for that and is certainly going to be a big part of that game. In the meantime, the Florida Gators will do what they can to get him to continue to look their direction.


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