Could Hutchins end up in the SEC?

A punter can be a huge asset in the field position game and one of the best JUCO punters in the country this year is Itawamba's Heath Hutchins (6-2.5, 215). He's close to hauling in two offers from programs within the state of Mississippi and he's also got plenty more schools looking his way as well.

Coming out of Saltillo High School near Tupelo, Mississippi Hutchins was rated the number one punter in the country by Ray Guy who hosts punter and kicker camps year-round.

"I moved right before my senior year and when it came time for my transcripts to go to the (NCAA) Clearinghouse, we paid the money and thought it was sent, but then we found out later on it didn't get sent out and I wasn't qualified," Hutchins recalled. "By the time we got it all straightened out, it was too late because all the schools had moved on, which was frustrating, but I came to Itawamba and I've been happy here and now it's almost over anyway."

As a freshman in 2007, Hutchins had a solid season posting a 43 yard average and was named All-State for his efforts, but this year he's taken it to a new level, posting a 47-yard average while hauling in Preseason All-American honors.

"I'm both a placement guy and a distance guy," Hutchins admitted confidently. "I boomed a 70-yarder from the back of our endzone last week and I regularly get five-second hang time.

"I can drop them at the one or inside the ten or the 20 pretty regularly too, so I'm confident I can get it done."

On the recruiting front, Hutchins received some good new recently when he was told by two in-state programs they are close to offering.

"Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi both told me offers were coming soon," Hutchins said happily. "Then there are other schools like Kansas State, Oklahoma State and New Mexico who have started recruiting me pretty heavily right now.

"I'm pretty happy about the offers that are coming and honestly I will probably end up at Mississippi State if they offer me, but since they haven't I'm not going to make a snap decision."

Hutchins is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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