Gosa, who was in Auburn this week for a seven-on-seven passing camp with Kitchens and his teammates, says he has a lot of respect for the rising senior, an Auburn wide receiver commitment.
On the field at the camp Kitchens was obviously a hot prospect making play after play in the afternoon sun and under the lights.
"In addition to what he does as a player, he is very focused and very polished person," Gosa says. "He is an example-setter for our team. Bringing him to Auburn where he is committed makes it just that much better."
Kitchens, who is 6-3, 215 pounds, says he and his teammates have high goals for the 2009 season. "If we don't win the state championship this year it will be a big letdown," he says. "We have a lot of talented players."
Shaun Kitchens is a versatile athlete who can play multiple positions.
Kitchens notes that the passing camp is good experience for the Trojans. "I would say it helps us as a team," he says. "We have a lot of young guys. Getting them out there and getting them experience against good players really helps them."
Kitchens, who was in Auburn recently for The Big Cat Weekend, says, "I feel really good about my commitment to Auburn."
The big receiver adds that he has been doing some recruiting for his future team. "Anytime we have like an individual gathering I make it a point to talk to the top recruits there and tell them what Auburn has to offer," he says.
At the Auburn passing camp, Kitchens showed excellent speed catching deep balls and his size makes him an inviting target on passes over the middle. He also did a good job of playing centerfield as a safety on defense.
Last year he played quarterback for Banneker, but his year he is expected to be featured at receiver with Tres Houston throwing the passes.
"I just played wide receiver and defensive back at the camp," he says.