May 13, 2009

Signee Profile: TE sticks with Auburn



Philip Lutzenkirchen

Tight end
Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter
6-foot-4, 255 pounds




Lutzenkirchen committed to Auburn in May, but the lack of production on the offensive side of the ball last year, the mid-season firing of Tony Franlkin and then a complete coaching overhaul at the end of the season prompted the four-star prospect to make sure of his decision. In the end, he said, it wasn't the coaches or the offense he was committed to. It was Auburn. Now he's less than a week away from moving to the Plains. AuburnSports.com spoke with Lutzenkirchen about his recruitment, his commitment to Auburn, when he plans to move and enroll at the school and much more in the 13th profile story of the 2009 signees.

On his workout regime: "I've been doing the stuff Coach Yoxall sent me. It's sprints twice a week and working out three times a week, but I've been doing sprints Monday through Friday and working out Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday."

When do you plan to move to Auburn? "I graduate May 23rd, but I go down to Auburn May 20th for a team meeting and then start classes that next day. I'll come back to my high school on Friday and graduate on Saturday and then go back to Auburn."

What are your goals your first year at Auburn? "They told me I have a real good chance of playing. Tommy Trott had surgery, and what happened with Gabe McKenzie, they said I have a real good shot of playing and maybe even starting from the get-go. They don't really have anyone. When I heard that, I started to push myself and working towards where I want to be. That's why I wanted to get down there early and get everything going. I want to get in the weight program, intensify my body and fix my diet and all of that so I can get ready to battle the big boys come the fall. I'd like to be on the SEC All-Freshman Team and hopefully the NCAA All-Freshman Team."



In case you missed any, previous signee profiles are linked below:

QB Tyrik Rollison
WR Emory Blake
DE Nosa Eguae
RB Dontae Aycock
ATH Demond Washington
LB Harris Gaston
ATH Travante Stallworth
CB Taikwon Paige
DB Daren Bates
DT Jamar Travis
WR Athony Gulley
DE Nick Fairley

Signees already enrolled at Auburn:

LB Eltoro Freeman
RB Onterio McCalebb

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