A former Auburn commitment has decided to make Mississippi State his college football home as Darrion Hutcherson has signed with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Hutcherson, who is coming out of the JUCO ranks to help the Bulldogs, will bring a unique blend of size and speed to the tight end position for Mississippi State.
Welcome to the family Darrion. #HailState 👍🏈 @256_Hutch— Dan Mullen™ (@CoachDanMullen) February 5, 2014
Hutcherson, a former defensive end during his freshman season, made the move to the tight end position for his sophomore campaign. While learning this new position, the coaching staff at Copiah-Lincoln felt he showed consistent and constant improvement at the position. Though he was rarely utilized in the passing attack, he proved to be a more than capable blocker, and often times, he could serve as the lead block along the line.
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Copiah-Lincoln CC - Wesson, Mississippi
Height - 6'7"
Weight - 265 lbs
40 - 4.61
2012 (Fr.) Defensive End: 11 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble
2013(So.) Tight End: 4 catches, 68 yards, 17 YPC
Recruiting Service Ranking
247Sports - 3-star (#15 MS, #3 TE), 88 Grade
Scout - 3-star (N/A TE)
Rivals - 3-star (N/A MS, N/A TE), 5.6 Grade
Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Indiana, South Florida, Southern Miss, Washington, West Virginia, TCU
FWtCTrecruitings's Quick Thoughts
Hutcherson did something that many players fear doing--switching positions. The fact that he switched and performed well at his new position bodes well for Mississippi State. He has excellent size and speed for the tight end position, and he has already become a solid blocker. He could be a real weapon for the Mississippi State in short order.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Suited up at tight end for two years for head coach Glenn Davis at Copiah-Lincoln ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com and 247Sports ... Led Copiah-Lincoln to a 7-2 overall record in 2013 ... Part of an offense that averaged 432.9 yards a game, the 13th-best mark in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ... Hauled in a season-high two passes for 20 yards against Pearl River on Oct. 12 ... Tallied a season-long 28-yard reception versus Hinds Community College on Sept. 19 ... During first year on campus, helped the Wolfpack finish 9-3 and claim the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Championship ... Played defensive end as a rookie.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Dadeville High School and played for head coach Richard White ... Was the 20th-ranked tight end nationally and 18th-best player from Alabama according to Rivals.com ... Ranked as the 14th-best player in Alabama by Scout.com ... The 13th-ranked tight end nationally and 14th-best prospect from Alabama on 247Sports' big board ... The 31st-best tight end nationally and the 25th-best recruit from Alabama according to ESPN.com ... Ranked 15th overall in Alabama by SuperPrep ... Ranked 12th on the Birmingham News' 2012 Super Seniors ... Member of the 4A Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Team in senior season ... Selected to play in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Game following senior season ... Caught 31 passes for 550 yards and 6 touchdowns on offense while collecting 36 tackles (18 solo) including 2 sacks and 1 INT on defense in his senior season ... Guided the Tigers to a 12-1 record and trip to the Alabama High School Athletic Association 4A state tournament quarterfinals ... During junior campaign, tallied 57 tackles with 6.0 sacks ... Offensively, hauled in 14 passes for more than 400 yards ... Also played basketball for the Tigers
PERSONAL: Born June 12, 1993 ... Son of Rachel Hutcherson and Darryl Heard.