The 2010 class of cornerbacks in the state of Louisiana is a strong group featuring players committed to Vanderbilt, Tulsa, LSU and Texas Tech. With recruiting now getting into full swing with the class of 2011 as well, the names of a few talented juniors have begun to emerge. One such name is Daren Kitchen out of Houma (La.) Vanderbilt Catholic.
Already in September, Kitchen has received written offers from BCS programs with considerable interest from more schools on the way. On Sept. 4, the 6-foot-1 cornerback received his first offer from Nebraska. Not long after, Stanford offered him as well.
"I was very excited (about the Nebraska offer)," Kitchen said. "Then the Stanford offer came in too so I was really excited to have two offers already. I watch Nebraska play on TV but don't know much about them. Stanford I wath them too but I've been getting letters and stuff from them before so I know a little bit about them but I don't know a lot."
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With interest level high, Kitchen could have more scholarship offers on his plate before the season is over.
"I went to the LSU camp and I talked to a couple of their coaches," he said. "Georgia Tech, I got like three letters from them. And so far I talk to a coach from Oregon and that's about it so far but I'm going to try my best to pick up some more."
Due to his versatility and athleticism, Kitchen is a big part of the Vanderbilt gameplan on both the defensive and the offensive sides of the ball.
"I play cornerback but my coach puts me in at quarterback sometimes and I run the ball," he said. "I play a lot at receiver too and I play kick returner and punt returner."
After racking up 63 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore, Kitchen already has one interception three games into his junior season with a hand full of tackles as a well.