Big Cat Weekend A Success, Recruit Says

Banneker High School's Shaun Kitchens discusses his latest trip to check out the Auburn Tigers.

College Park, Ga.--Shaun Kitchens had already decided he wanted to be a Tiger before visiting Auburn's Big Cat Weekend. His Saturday return to the AU campus confirmed he made the right choice, Kitchens tells Inside the Auburn Tigers.

"I enjoyed it and it had nothing to do with football," he says. "It was really a relaxed day. It was about getting to know people. We played games and got to know each other playing pool, video games, darts. It was just real fun, cool and relaxed."

Kitchens notes that other colleges are still trying to recruit him, but says that he plans to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

"My decision is 100 percent Auburn even though other schools are still trying to recruit me," he says. "UGA (Georgia) and Alabama are the most recent ones to offer me." "I played receiver in the spring," he says. "We run a 4-2-5 defense and I play safety. The position is really like a rover. I also play second string quarterback.

"My team is going to some seven-on-seven camps this summer," he says. "We are coming to one at Auburn and I am going to stay there after that for an individual camp. We are trying to get ready for the season. The only thing on our minds now is winning a championship ring."

Kitchens says that he is working out and seeing results. "I have actually slimmed down a bit. I was at 220 pounds. Now I am 215. I have gotten a lot faster over the spring. I have dropped from 4.58 to a 4.52 (in the 40) so I am getting stronger and faster."

At the Big Cat Weekend, the prospects were divided into teams for some friendly competition. Kitchens says he enjoyed meeting other recruits. "I think a lot of guys in my group like Auburn a lot like Marcus Lattimore, Lache Seastrunk and Jeremy Richardson," he says. I think they are liking Auburn more and more."

"I talked to the running backs and receivers and told them why I like Auburn and why I committed," he adds. "The ones I talk to seem to like Auburn."

Kitchens says he had plenty of time to visit with Auburn's coaches. "You never want to go into a situation that you don't know who you are dealing with for the next four years," he says. "I enjoyed spending more time with the coaches."


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