In-Home Visit For Kitchen

SMU assistant coaches Jeff Reinebold and Derrick Odum traveled to Houma, Louisiana, last night for an in-home visit with three-star CB Daren Kitchen. What was the verdict? Will Kitchen visit the Hilltop?

"My mom liked Coach (Jeff) Reinebold and Coach (Derrick) Odum," said three-star cornerback Daren Kitchen. "They visited our house and sat down and talked to me about coming there. Coach Reinebold did most of the talking. He told us about the graduation rates at SMU and what you have to do there. Then, they watched my highlight tape; they liked it.

"Coach Reinebold said that he's probably coming back to see me on Monday. Coach Odum is laid-back and he mainly just told me about what kind of coach he is..."

Kitchen said that he "hopes it works out with SMU" and that he is likely to take an official visit to the school on the weekend of January 28th.

Scout's Take: Kitchen has great height for a cornerback at 6-foot-1, and he could become an elite talent in college with adequate work in the weight room. He's still thin -- in the 170-to-175 pound range -- but that's not a concern for a player his age.

Despite a three-star and national ranking at his position, Kitchen's recruitment has been fairly quiet due to the fact that he's had question marks in the classroom. However, the senior recently scored a 22 on his ACT and appears to be on track to qualify.

At the 2009 Scout Combine in New Orleans, Kitchen ran a sluggish 40 time, but that's an anomaly and shouldn't scare anyone away. He's a renowned sprinter who quite simply happened to run a sub-par time at the combine.

Off the field, Kitchen has a quiet, serious demeanor and is making up for lost time with his academics. On the field, he displays nice leaping ability and sticky hands that are more prevalent in a receiver than a DB.

In fact, Kitchen was also a good WR on the high school level and when he's playing CB, there's an excellent chance that he's going to pick off the pass if he gets a hand on it. As an added bonus, he displays the athletic ability to make something happen with the ball in his hands. For example, Kitchen intercepted four passes as a senior and brought three of them back for TDs.


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