'09 Unwrapped: Philip Lutzenkirchen

Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter HS tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen plans on announcing his college decision in a few weeks. In advance of that announcement, he took a trip out west to check out one of his finalists. Read on for his thoughts on that visit.

With offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Stanford, and Troy, Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter HS tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen says that he favors Auburn, Clemson, and Stanford. The 6'4" 240-pound Georgian plans on making one of those programs happy on May 16, when he will announce his college decision. This past weekend, he visited Stanford to check out the one school he is considering outside of his native Southeast.

"It was good," Lutzenkirchen says of the trip. "I loved it out there."

"I really liked the campus," he expands. "It was really nice and I really think it's a beautiful campus. All the coaches were nice. Coach Harbaugh was easy to talk to, to get along with. I felt like I've known him for a while, that's how easy he was to talk to. Just all the coaches were really personable. And when we were taking our tours this guy named Mike [Eubanks] really knew a lot about Stanford and the university, so he definitely helped out a lot with all the facts and stuff. It was good to learn about all the stuff that's on the campus."

In addition to spending time on the visit with the aforementioned Director of Football Administration and Jim Harbaugh, who Lutzenkirchen says "we spent almost the whole day with," the recruit was also joined on campus by his regional recruiter, Running Backs Coach Willie Taggart.

In trying to place the visit experience in context, Lutzenkirchen notes, "I've never been out to California before so it's definitely something new."

"It was definitely one of the better visits I've been on," he continues. "Really impressive. The school has a lot of money so they don't need to have sponsors. It was a real good visit."

Despite the positive impressions the visit left Lutzenkirchen with, Stanford would seem the odd school out on his list given its distance from his home. However, the Cardinal have consistently plucked talent from the Peach State, including 2008 signee Chase Thomas and 2009 verbal commits Camden Wentz and Brock Sanders.

"Camden goes to my school," Lutzenkirchen notes in acknowledging the recent recruits who have aligned themselves with Stanford. "He's one of my good friends. I've met Chase and I've met Brock before. It would be pretty cool to go out there with people I already know."

As a Lassiter classmate and teammate of Wentz, Lutzenkirchen shares that Stanford has a recruiter in his ear other than Harbaugh and Taggart, saying of Wentz that "he's just always trying to pressure me and always telling me 'ah man, you should go so we could room together' and all that good stuff."

While acknowledging that influence and the potential comfort factor of going to college with people he knows, Lutzenkirchen maintains that prior familiarity with his teammates does not serve as a significant factor in his final decision. Instead, he is looking for a more general sense of comfort.

"The main thing is how comfortable I feel at a school and with a coach and with the team," he says. "That's definitely going to be one of the main factors."

Stay tuned for the May 16 announcement of whether Auburn, Clemson, or Stanford best satisfies that criterion.

Philip Lutzenkirchen reports a 3.6 GPA with a course load that includes "a couple of AP classes." He has scored a 1060 two-part SAT score and says he will probably take the test again.

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