Homestead DE/OLB Holds 6 Offers

Last season Homestead's Darren Kitchens played on offense, but halfway through the season he switched to defense. He did so well that he'll play DE/OLB this season and has collected 6 offers already as a defender. Read on to find out who's offered, who's still evaluating him and where he plans to visit this fall.

The Bulls have taken a liking to an interesting prospect out of Homestead high school in Dade County. Darren Kitchens played mostly running back and receiver last year. Then with 4 games to go he switched to DE/OLB and finished the season with 8 sacks in limited action. This season he'll primarily play defense, which is where colleges are mainly recruiting him at.

"This summer I worked out with my team and on my own. I would go to the park near my house and work on my footwork at linebacker and my technique at defensive end."

Kitchens is 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds. He runs track and has the size to possibly transition to a safety at the next level. But for now Kitchen says he'll spit his time between defensive end and outside linebacker.

"I'll play about the same amount at those positions. I play both strong side and weakside at linebacker."

This summer Kitchens made two unofficial visits. One to Florida for Friday Night Lights and one to UCF.

"I liked my visit to UCF, they showed me the dorms and facilities and I loved the family setting they have there," adding "then I went to Florida, it was good, I was there for the camp but I didn't participate. I watched the coaches and saw how they interacted with the recruits."

Currently Darren has 6 total offers including, FIU, USF, UCF, Wake Forest, Maryland and Marshall. He says there are also about 5 or 6 teams that tell him they will evaluate him off his senior tape.

"I only played 4 games on defense last year so Florida and Florida State said they are waiting to make their evaluation till after they see more of me on defense. I'm also getting interest from West Virginia, Kansas and Syracuse. I want to see what those schools do before I start naming a top 5."

The Bulls haven't told Kitchens which position they like him at, but he says he's open to playing where ever teams need him.

"USF has been recruiting me for a while. They wanted me to come in for a visit this summer but I couldn't make it because I live with my aunt and uncle and they were out of town a lot this summer."

Kitchens is being recruited by coach Larry Scott.

"We stayed in contact over the summer. We talked a lot over the phone. He tells me they are anxious for me to come on a visit and check out their campus."

This fall Darren plans on taking all his visits before making a decision. He says he'd like to take two instate visits and save the rest for out-of-state.

"I want to officially visit Florida and Central Florida. Then I want to go out of state but I haven't chosen the ones I want to look at."

"I'm going to visit USF on an unofficial, but if I don't have a way to get there I'll use an official visit."

This season Kitchens is out to prove he can be a defensive game-changer. His goal is to average two sacks a game and help his team in any other way he can. USFNation will have another update with Kitchens this fall once he sets his official visits.

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