Auburn is among the early favorites for Tre McKitty, and the Tigers may be the only school capable of offering what he’s in search of.
“They have one of the majors that not many schools offer that I like a lot, which is aviation,” said McKitty, who recently participated in the Nike regional combine in Atlanta.
The three-star tight end was selected to compete at The Opening in Oregon, where he’ll go head-to-head with some of the top prospects in the country. Needless to say, McKitty, who hails from the talent-rich IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), has several suitors, the Tigers included.
“Auburn is really high on my board,” said McKitty, who is rated the No. 16 tight end in 2017. “I’m going up there Tuesday, actually. I’ll be seeing them and my dad will be with me. I’ve been on campus before and my dad hasn’t. So, he wants a chance to sit down with the coaches, sit in on meetings and watch practice.”
McKitty last visited this past summer and has since grown close with several members of the coaching staff, particularly offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Both sides have remained in contact since he was extended an offer.
“Coach Lashlee is pushing hard,” McKitty said. “They told me they want me a lot. They told me all the ways they can use me — split out, even go outside sometimes, go in the backfield.”
At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, McKitty said he wants to play in a system that doesn’t reserve him mainly as an in-line tight end. While the Tigers may be a fit schematically, McKitty is still in search of the right fit overall. His visit on Tuesday will be important for both him and his father.
The Tigers signed one tight end in the 2016 cycle in Landon Rice, and will look to add more depth to the position in 2017. Auburn has extended offers to three tight ends, McKitty included. The IMG Academy prospect is also seriously considering Florida.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) March 20, 2016
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite