Mammoth Ohio DT likes Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is steadfast about upgrading the Panthers defensive line. If you're looking for a run stuffing defensive tackle with overpowering strength, look no further than Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, OH. The talks with a mammoth from Ohio.

"I'm very open right now. I like schools in the Big East and Big Ten," stated mammoth defensive tackle prospect Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (6-foot-3 inches, 310 pounds). "I don't have a list right now; I want to see who shows interest in me."

Kitchen has been a two-year starter on boths sides of the line. He is capable of bench pressing 340 pounds and squatting 515 pounds.

Ishmaa'ily attended the All-American combine in Pittsburgh, PA. He showed exceptional power and leverage during the one-on-one drills. When asked about his experience at the combine, he stated, "I thought I did pretty well. It was great to be around that many good players."

"The facilities at Pitt were really impressive. I would like to see more of the campus and learn more about the football program. We haven't set camps yet but I might go to their summer camp. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt has professional experience and Pitt is going to have strong program in the future."

The Cincinnati Post name Kitchen First-Team All-State Division IV.

"I'm looking for a school with solid academics and an opportunity to play early. I'm not sure when I'll have a final decision." Kitchen has yet to receive a scholarship offer.

"I bring power to the defensive line. I know I'm a big guy, but I move well. Usually I can push my man back and break down the pocket. Nobody can run against me."

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