Three lead for Kitchen

Three schools are at the top for blue-chip cornerback Daren Kitchen from Vandebilt Catholic in Houma, Louisiana. Two of those schools have been in the mix for quite some time, but there's a new program that's entered the race for Kitchen's services. Find out the details.

The top two cornerbacks in Louisiana this year -- Daren Kitchen (6-1, 175) and Floyd Raven (6-2, 180) -- have an added bonus in terms of their height. It's rare to find high school corners with the overall size of the south Louisiana duo and there's a chance that Kitchen and Raven could eventually sign with the same school.

"Floyd and I have talked about going to Texas A&M," said Kitchen. "We're considering going to their game on October 10th against Arkansas. I know that A&M doesn't have much depth at corner.

"I don't have an offer yet, but I just started talking to them. Coach (Terrell) Williams wanted me to send my tape and he and (defensive backs) coach (Charles) McMillian watched it - and I heard that they liked it. They want me to come over there soon."

Kitchen has previously named Michigan as his favorite. What's the latest on the Wolverines and which other program is in the mix?

"Michigan and Memphis are my other two leaders," he said. "Michigan gave me a verbal offer, but I'm waiting on the papers to come in. (Running backs) Coach (Fred) Jackson said that coach Rodriguez has been on vacation and so I'm expecting the papers to arrive in the next week or two."

Kitchen currently holds offers from Nebraska, Stanford, Memphis, Kansas, and Southern Miss.

"Distance isn't a factor for me in making my decision," he said. "I don't care about that. I've cooled on Nebraska some because they've gotten commitments from a bunch of defensive backs."

Vandebilt Catholic and Kitchen open the season against E.D. White (Thibodaux, La.), which relies mostly on a run-first option offense. Later in the season, Kitchen's skills at corner will be on full display vs. talented receivers Derek Howard (Hahnville), Jermaine Johnson (Ellender), and Jarvis Landry (Lutcher).

Howard has a Memphis offer, while Johnson is a Memphis commit and Landry is an LSU commit.


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