Kitchen plans first official visit

Three-star cornerback Daren Kitchen will make the trip to Ann Arbor in a couple of weeks to watch Michigan vs. Connecticut. Does the senior from Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.) have any other official visits planned?

Daren Kitchen, the No. 87-ranked cornerback in the nation, has set his first official visit.

"I'm going up to Michigan on September 4th to watch Connecticut and Michigan play," said Kitchen, a three-star prospect from Class 4A Vandebilt Catholic (Houma, La.). "Michigan has offered, but it's a verbal offer. I've been waiting for the papers to come in. That's all I'm waiting on."

Is Kitchen thinking about committing when he takes the visit?

"I just want to see the school in person first," he said. "I've been liking Michigan since I was small. I also want to take an official visit to Texas A&M, to see if they're going to offer me."

Kitchen and the Terriers finished last year 6-6, losing to Karr (Algiers, La.) in the second-round of the playoffs. For the season, Kitchen notched 64 tackles and four interceptions. He's a tall corner (6-foot-1) who also sees plenty of time at wide receiver.

A couple of games to watch this year will pit Vandebilt Catholic vs. 4A semifinalist Lutcher and Hahnville, which reached the 5A quarterfinals in 2009.

In the Lutcher game, Kitchen will go head-to-head with LSU commit Jarvis Landry, a four-star wide receiver. Against Hahnville, the senior corner will find himself guarding 6-foot-2 WR Derek Howard, a Memphis commit.

"We want to win those games this year," Kitchen said. "We're capable of winning. We should be improved, thanks to some basketball players who decided to come out and play football."

The Terriers scrimmage South Terrebonne (Bourg, La.) tomorrow and battle Thibodaux next week in the jamboree.

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