Athletic wide receiver Shaun Kitchens from Banneker High School made an unofficial visit to check out Auburn's intersectional battle with West Virginia. Kitchens came with his teammate and fellow Auburn verbal commitment Demetruce McNeal. He says both were impressed with what they saw as Auburn rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to win 41-30.
"What caught my attention was the intensity the Auburn players had after the rain delay," Kitchens says. "Things weren't going well for the team early, but they stayed calm, stayed with the plan, played hard and then they started putting up points and won the game."
Kitchens says he was impressed with the intensity of the fans and was amazed by that the student section remained full and boisterous during the driving pre-game rainstorm that delayed kickoff more than an hour.
"That was real crazy," he says. "At first me and Demetruce were out in the rain with them having fun, but they (Auburn officials) made us go inside. The whole thing was real cool. I loved the environment."
Kitchens was a standout performer at an Auburn summer camp and is an athlete who could play a variety of positions. He can play tight end, linebacker, quarterback and safety. Auburn likes him as a wide receiver and that is where he is playing as a senior.
How is his season going?
"It started out kind of slow, but last couple games I have picked it up," he says. "I have eight or nine catches. I am not sure how many yards, but I know I have four or five touchdowns. The team is playing great.
"We are 3-1 and everybody is playing together like a team," he adds. "Hopefully, we can keep improving and win a state championship."