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June 27, 2013

Hutchinson will arrive in August

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AUBURN | Auburn football added one more piece to their 2013 signing class on Thursday, as Harrison (Ga.) kicker Jimmy Hutchinson officially enrolled and rejoined the Tigers' incoming class.

"It's official now," Hutchinson told AuburnSports.com Thursday night. "I'm really pumped and I'm glad I can show them what I can do and compete."

Hutchinson will report to Auburn on August 1.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Hutchinson originally committed to Auburn in February of 2012 and was set to sign with the Tigers in February of 2013, but things changed.

Head coach Gus Malzahn arrived in December and quickly evaluated the scholarship numbers and formulated new plans to complete the Tigers' 2013 class.

Hutchinson was given the opportunity to grayshirt and arrive at Auburn in January after the fall semester, instead of being a part of the 2013 class and enrolling this summer.

That was Hutchinson's plan.

"I accepted that and was planning on doing that 100 percent. I wasn't looking anywhere else," said Hutchinson. "I was just going to kick and workout before January. I was O.K. with waiting."

But things changed again for Hutchinson earlier this summer when numbers opened up and Hutchinson was given an opportunity to enroll and arrive in Auburn in August.

He was elated to hear the news from Auburn's special teams coach Scott Fountain.

"I was really excited that things are back to how they were," said Hutchinson.

Hutchinson was the nation's No. 6 overall kicker by Rivals.com, a ranking that combines place kickers and punters. Hutchinson was recruited to Auburn as a punter.

Signee Daniel Carlson was recruited as a place kicker and enrolled at Auburn last week.

"My goals are to compete and learn from Steven (Clark) and come in my sophomore year and start, maybe compete during my freshman season," Hutchinson said.

Twitter: @JHokanson

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