Kittredge Checks Out NC State

Don Bosco Prep (NJ) lineman James Kittredge didn't play much on the defensive side of the ball in 2008, but college coaches project him to start his career as a defender.

Don Bosco Prep (NJ) lineman James Kittredge didn't play much on the defensive side of the ball in 2008, but college coaches project him to start his career as a defender.

"I did pretty well," James Kittredge stated. "As a junior I played offensive tackle the whole year so I don't have a lot of stats, but I did play four games on defense.

"I was going both ways a little bit there, but I don't know my stats. I sent the film from those games and all of the film from my sophomore year when I played defense to the colleges... that's why a lot of them are recruiting me as a defensive lineman."

Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Kittredge is being recruited to play defensive tackle. A host of programs are expressing interest.

"I'm hearing a lot from Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College, Pitt, NC State, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State, and UCONN," said Kittredge. "I have official offers from Rutgers and Maryland, and I was told that NC State and Pitt have mailed off my offers. So, I have two on paper and two who verbally offered and said they have sent me the scholarship papers."

Kittredge was in Raleigh over the weekend for NC State's Junior Day. What did he think of the trip?

"I thought it was amazing," he said. "It's a great school. It's very big and I'd probably compare it a little to Maryland... almost the same environment as Maryland. I liked that about it. Their facilities were top-notch... everything looked brand new, and I liked the coaches too.

"I wasn't sure they were going to offer me, but I had an idea they were really interested because right when I walked in all of the coaches were introducing themselves. They took me to meet with coach O'Brien, and he said they had just watched my film and were really impressed."

Kittredge has already taken unofficial visits to several programs on his list, including Maryland, Boston College, and Rutgers. He will visit Pittsburgh in the near future and hopes to check out, at least once, every school that is heavily pursuing him.

While he maintains that his recruitment is wide open, Kittredge admits that he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I couldn't give you a list of favorites in any order," he said. "I'm wide open. I'm interested in all of the schools recruiting me... they are all great."

"I don't have a timeframe at all. It's the only time I'm going to be able to do this in my life so I'm going to take it slow and find out which school I'm really comfortable with."


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