Standout DL Feels UM Offer is Close

This talented defensive tackle prospect already has a big list of scholarship offers and he feels Miami could be next. He talks about the Hurricanes and more in this interview.

Although the state of Connecticut isn't well known for producing a high number of Division 1 football players every year, it always seems to have one or two prospects that draw national recruiting attention. One of those players this year is Hamden (Hyde Leadership) standout defensive lineman Richard Kittrell.

At 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Kittrell said he was recently timed at 4.74 on track. In addition to football, Kittrell also competes in baseball and track, where he threw the shot put (50 feet), discus (150), and also competed in the 100m run once. "I was just doing it to joke around and I ended up getting in the high 11's," he said.

Kittrell has been a varsity starter for three full seasons and is entering his fourth. It's no surprise, considering he was already 6-3 and 260 pounds as a freshman.

College coaches have been keeping Kittrell busy – and vica-versa.

"I received phone calls from every Division 1A school on the East Coast," he said. "And I now have around 30 scholarship offers. Everyone from Rutgers to Boston College to Penn State, Syracuse, Miami, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, there are a bunch of them."


"Miami's linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves came by the school and then called me," he said. "He said they were watching tape and thought I was very agile for my size and wanted to offer me a scholarship. Hopefully that will become official real soon."

So where do the Hurricanes rank on Kittrell's early list of favorites?

"My top choices right now are Maryland is definitely No. 1, Michigan State's two, Michigan's three, Syracuse is four, and either Miami or Indiana is five," he said.

"Miami is a good school and I have some interest," he said. "But I just don't know much about them right now since I've never visited there. I'm sure the more I learn about them, the more I'll like them."

When asked about his goals for this coming season, Kittrell offered up a surprising response.

"I've already accomplished all of my goals," he said. "I'm one of the two big time recruits in the state of Connecticut right now along with an offensive lineman named John Sullivan."

Kittrell said he plans on taking his time before making a decision.

"I'm going to make my decision in January," he said. "I'll take all my visits and then go from there."

Kittrell plans on attending summer camps at Maryland and possibly Michigan State.

Personally, I dont think he's a Miami type of kid. I think he's better suited to play at a college town like Maryland or Michigan State as opposed to city-life in Miami. That's just my opinion, though. UM's obviously interested, but I'm not sure he'll obtain that offer unless he starts showing more interest and other UM DT prospects start picking other schools - both of which are very unlikely it appears at this point.

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