Kitchen Waiting On Wolverines

The Houma (LA) product talks with GoBlueWolverine about whether Michigan still sits on top of his recruiting pedestal, when a potential offer may come in, and how he's been recruited.

Daren Kitchen, a 6'1" 170 pound defensive back from Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma (LA), has received offers from the likes of Kansas, Memphis, Nebraska, Southern Miss and Stanford, but is waiting on one more from up north.

"I should be getting one," Kitchen told GoBlueWolverine. "I'm just waiting on Coach Jackson to get it to me. So I sent him my film and they said they needed more. So I sent them more and they said they liked me they just had to have Coach Rodriguez watch it."

At one point the Wolverines were on top of the list for Kitchen, but as time passed, many wonder whether that still remains to be the case.

"I feel comfortable a lot with them and they are definitely my favorite school right now."

Most of the work that has been done to put the Maize and Blue on top is that of main recruiter and running backs coach Fred Jackson.

"I think we have a good relationship. I talk to Coach Jackson a lot and he tells me a lot about the school. He has me completely sold on them. As soon as I get the offer, I think it will be the best decision for me."

"He just tells me about the positions and stuff," Kitchen continued. "He tells me if I came in and do what I am supposed to do, then I'll be fine. He also tells me it's the best place to go and all about the great education you'll get. You can get a job anywhere from Michigan and I have to look at that also. Just the way he talks is different then a lot of coaches."

With a number of miles in between Houma and Ann Arbor, one of the first questions is whether or not distance will play a factor, especially when Kitchen is ready to jump for the Wolverines, sight unseen.

"It's kind of a factor, but it's not that big of a deal, because I know Michigan plays on T.V. a lot and I'm sure my mom and my family will be able to make it to some of the games. It won't be much of a factor and I have an aunt that lives a couple hours away."

The Wolverines just pulled in two other Louisiana prospects in Drew Dileo and Carvin Johnson last year, and Kitchen has touched based with one of the new Wolverines.

"I know Carvin Johnson, but I don't really like know him, know him. I've talked to him on Facebook before. I talked to him some about Michigan, but other than that we just talked. I asked him why he picked Michigan and he just talked about how comfortable he was and he felt it was the place to go. So that's all we really talked about."

With a summer that is already semi pre-planned, Kitchen's next hope of getting on campus would be for an official visit when football season starts.

"It would probably be an official for one of the home games and just wait until it gets there, but this summer my mom already has some things planned for us to do."

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