Alabama came into the game a heavy favorite against a rebuilding Auburn team dealing with injury issues, but Kitchens notes the Tide was fortunate to escape Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 26-21 win as the Tigers took the fight to the visitors.
"It was an exciting game and a hard-fought game," Kitchens says. "I thought we should have pulled it out in the end, but the guys fought hard. I was talking to some of the Auburn commitments and we were talking about how we couldn't wait until next year so we can be out there on the field playing.
"I think that game really shows that Auburn is on the way up," Kitchens adds. "Next year we will beat them."
With his football season finished, Kitchens and his teammate Demetruce McNeal, who is committed to play safety at Auburn, are playing another sport. "I am just working out for football for next year and I am playing basketball," Kitchens says. "I am playing two (shooting guard) and three (small forward).
"Demetruce and I are playing basketball along with Tres Houston," Kitchens notes. "We have been working really hard trying to get him to go to Auburn. He is a special kind of athlete who can play cornerback, wide receiver and quarterback. There are not too many six-foot-two cornerbacks out there with excellent hips and feet like he has. We are talking to the Auburn coaching staff about trying to get him to come to Auburn, too."
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 recruited him as a receiver and that is where he played as a senior.