WR Kitchens In the House for Chizik's Tigers

Auburn picked up its second verbal commitment of the weekend from a 2010 football prospect. His comments and videos are featured.

College Park, Ga.--Shaun Kitchens came back to Auburn for another look on Saturday and liked what he saw enough to commit to Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football team.

"I am firmly committed to Auburn," Kitchens told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am very happy with my decision."

Kitchens said Auburn wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor was really fired up about it, too. The Auburn assistant coach let a "whoop" of joy when the high school junior told him that he will sign with the Tigers, Kitchens pointed out.

"He is a real good coach, a down to Earth guy and he is crazy," added Kitchens, who said that he felt good about the whole Auburn coaching staff. "I like the family atmosphere."

The junior notes that he is hoping to graduate high school early and enroll at Auburn in January of 2010 in time to participate in spring drills.

The 6-3, 205-pound junior from Banneker High School visited Auburn in March for AU's junior day and came back on Saturday to watch a scrimmage and spend more time with Auburn's coaching staff.

A prospect who has played quarterback, safety and linebacker in high school, Auburn is recruiting him as a wide receiver and offered him a scholarship in March prior to his junior day visit.

A three-sport athlete at Banneker High, he runs track and plays basketball. Kitchens said he runs a 4.5 40 and is working on improving his 40-yard dash time this spring.

Kitchens noted that he was impressed with Auburn's offense and coordinator Gus Malzahn at Auburn's scrimmage on Saturday.

He said he chose Auburn over North Carolina State, Duke, Maryland, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Kentucky, West Virginia and others.

"I had visited Auburn recently several times," he said. "I came in the summer and I liked it when the old coaching staff was here before 10th grade. Auburn just felt like the place I wanted to be.

"Then, when I got back this year for the junior day when I first met the coaches and saw the environment and everything with students on the campus, that was a plus. Me and my momma have been discussing it for two or three weeks now--should I wait or would this be the right decision. We came to the conclusion that it would be."

Shaun Kitchens

The commitment was the second of the day for Coach Gene Chizik. Linebacker Jake Holland of Pelham High told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Saturday morning that he plans to sign with the Tigers in February.

Kitchens said he doesn't know what position he will play this fall. He noted that his duty is to Bannker High School. "Whatever Banneker High School wants me to do, that is what I am going to do whether it is receiver, D-lineman, linebacker, anything. Whatever it takes to get these (championship) rings before I leave high school, that is what I am going to do."

Kitchens visited Auburn with his brother, sister and mother and says they approve of his decision, too. In fact, his mother says in addition to liking Auburn, she likes her son's decision to get recruiting done so he can focus on school and the rest of his junior school year and then his senior year. His younger brother is an Auburn fan and has been encouraging Shaun to commit to the Tigers.

"The Auburn family comes up with every Auburn coach I meet," Kitchens says. "They say 'welcome to the family.' That is another plus, the family part. That is another reason why I feel at home at Auburn. Family is a big thing with me."

With excellent size and a reputation for being a physical player, Kitchens said that the Auburn coaches told him that they want to sign a big, physical receiver for 2010. "Coach Troop told me he is looking for receivers with defensive mentality who are not scared to block," he said. "I think that is me because my other position is linebacker and safety. I think I can handle it."



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