Michigan Still the Team to Beat for Kitchen
Recruiting for Houma (LA) Vandebilt Catholic CB Daren Kitchen has been nothing if not consistent. The 6-1.5, 170-pounder has focused his attention primarily on out of state schools while flying below the radar of most of the programs in the SEC. While that might be perceived as a slight by some youngsters, it nothing more than a mere inconvenience to Kitchen. "I kind of feel (overlooked by the SEC schools) sometimes," stated Kitchen. It seems that way. I really don't even know (why that is). I went to a couple of camps and I did good. I won MVPs at two of them. (The season) is going good for me. I know I'm in the 40s in the tackles and I have three picks. But it doesn't matter because I'm happy with the schools I have right now." Michigan has been among the programs pursuing Kitchen the hardest throughout his recruitment, and the Maize & Blue has maintained its long time place atop his leaderboard despite the lack of an offer. Wolverine assistant Fred Jackson made did his best to strengthen that position even more when he made his way down to the Bayou State last week to reassure the talented youngster of his importance in Ann Arbor. "They tell me to be patient and that (an offer) is probably going to come through," Kitchen said. "They just want to look at me some more and he wants to get me to a game. (An offer) is going to come. He didn't say exactly (which weekend the visit will take place), but I know they only have like two other home games left. It has to be for one of them. He just wants to get me up for a game. I'm just being patient. I'm going to still say that they still have the edge because it's Michigan." The Wolverines' have successfully held the other contenders at bay with through consistent contact, but his other suitors will have a significant chance to further close the gap in the not too distant future. "The other schools that I'm hearing the most from are the schools that have offered me like Nebraska, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech," said Kitchen. "I haven't visited, but I was planning to go. I have not taken any officials yet. I'll probably go to Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Michigan. I think me making the visits is important because I just want to see the atmosphere. I know all the schools that like me are academic schools. I want to go to a place where I can see myself fitting in. A place where I can see myself being (for four years)." Once the visits are over a decision will not be very far behind. As a matter of fact, he hasn't totally ruled out making his choice after taking only one of the trips. "It is kind of hard to say, but (committing to Michigan as soon as an offer comes through) is a big possibility," Kitchen admitted. "I think I'm going to come to a decision soon. I think I'm ready to get the process over with. I just like the tradition (at Michigan), I like the pride they have in the school, and they're on TV every week (laughter)." GoBlueWolverine will have more on Kitchen in the coming weeks.