Four-star tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen is a soft verbal to Auburn. The Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter prospect took his first official visit elsewhere this past weekend. What did he think of the trip?
"Florida State was fun," he said. "I got there Saturday morning and checked into a hotel. Then I got a lot of academic information before the game. I learned about their communications program and broadcast program. Then I did some recruiting stuff and went to the game."
What did he think of the game?
"It was fun, I liked it," he said. "I liked how their stadium was kind of old school, it was one level throughout the whole stadium. They have good fans and a good program.
"I liked the tight end spot too. They do pro-style sets. The only thing is the tight end caught one ball. I wish more balls were thrown to him."
Lutzenkirchen was hosted by Caz Piurowski.
"It was fun with him. I got to meet a bunch of the guys and it was a pretty good time."
Before heading out on Sunday, the No. 17 prospect in Georgia met with Bobby Bowden.
"I took a tour of campus with the coaches, saw the facilities and then met with Coach Bowden," he said. "It was a really cool meeting. To talk to a coach of his status and caliber, all I could think about was that I was sitting in front of a coaching legend and how he's got a shot of going down with the most wins ever.
"It was my first time meeting him and I had a good time."
While the No. 5 tight end in the country enjoyed the trip, he confirmed he is still an Auburn pledge.
"I'm still committed to Auburn until they figure out the offensive coordinator position," he said. "Right now the only other visit I have scheduled is to Auburn this weekend.
"I just want to go. I haven't had a chance to go since the firing happened. It came at a bad time as they didn't have a home game for awhile. I want to sit down and get some questions answered from the coaches and see the team and atmosphere again."
Obviously at the moment Lutzenkirchen is sticking by the Tigers. What does he like about them?
"I mean, you can't commit to one coach," he said. "I fell in love with the campus, academics and I really like a bunch of guys on the team. I felt at home when I was there. Those were the main reasons I committed. I just want to see where the offense is going from here."