Dadeville, Ala.--For Auburn four-star tight end commitment Darrion Hutcherson the news that offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn had taken the head coaching job at Arkansas State came as a little bit of a surprise.
Having the opportunity to think about it and talk to one of his fellow commitments, Hutcherson said for him it doesn’t change anything with his choice of the Auburn Tigers as his college destination.
“Everybody wants to be a head coach one day,” Hutcherson said. “It definitely doesn’t change anything for me because I can trust that Coach (Gene) Chizik will bring in somebody even better or as good as Coach Malzhan. It’s not really a big deal to me.”
Adding that his decision to choose Auburn was more about Chizik and the university itself and not Malzahn and his offensive system, Hutcherson said he is just focused on making sure his fellow commitments stay strong.
One player he said he doesn’t have to worry about is quarterback Zeke Pike. A close friend as the two have gone through the recruiting process, Hutcherson said he spoke with Pike on Wednesday and all is good.
“I just talked to him a few minutes ago,” Hutcherson said. “He was telling me that you never know that it just might be the best thing that ever happened. He said they could bring in a pro-style quarterback that focuses more on the tight ends.”
Now just like the Auburn fans, Hutcherson said he’ll sit back and wait to see who Chizik chooses as Malzahn’s successor. In the end he said he has no doubts it’s going to be a very good coach.
“I can’t wait,” Hutcherson said. “I’m excited. I know Coach Chiz is going to bring in somebody good. I’m not worried about that.”
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