Kitchen is a Mustang!

Three-star cornerback Daren Kitchen (Houma, La.) committed to the SMU Mustangs today, strengthening an already-impressive incoming class.

"I just committed," said Daren Kitchen of his pledge to play for the SMU Mustangs. A three-star prospect from Houma, Louisiana, Kitchen joins Rodney Hubert (Brenham HS) and fellow Louisiana product James Richardson (Central HS) as SMU cornerbacks of the future.

How did things do down this morning, leading up to the commitment?

"I called Coach Reinebold and he asked me if I want to be a Mustang," said Kitchen, the nation's No. 93-ranked CB. "I told him yes, and then he said that the offer was mine. With that, I wanted to commit and did. I'm happy, now. It's good to get it over with."

Jermaine Sams, another SMU commit from Louisiana, played a very active role in Kitchen's recruitment.

"It feels good that all the talks we had - with Nyle (Johnson), James (Richardson), Darren, and me...that they all came to fruition and paid off," said Sams.

"I know he's a good cornerback and we were looking hard for another one. He'll be the perfect prospect for that position and it's even better that he's from Louisiana; he'll be part of The Fam. He's going to be a good commit."

Kitchen received early offers from such programs as Stanford and Nebraska, and Pittsburgh made a late push by offering Kitchen last weekend.

He was recruited by Mustangs WRs coach Jeff Reinebold.

Reinebold successfully recruited all four of SMU's Louisiana commitments.

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