Darrin Kitchens had quite a season this fall for Homestead High School in south Florida. Kitchens, 6-3 and 205 pounds, had a Dade county leading 19 sacks and 75 tackles. That sack total is also top in Broward County as well.
"The season went okay for us and it ended too early," Kitchens said. "I think I played well. I have great speed and I play with a lot of heart. Guys can be bigger, faster and stronger than me and I will still beat them."
Kitchens has an appropriate nickname giving the numbers he put up this season. And that name goes back to when he was playing this game as a young boy.
"They called me "Horse" when I was playing football in the 3rd grade. I was the biggest and fastest and strong like a horse. And it stuck. I like it."
According to Kitchens he has scholarship offers from Florida State, Syracuse, Central Florida, USF, Wake Forest, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Nebraska, Michigan, and Marshall.
"I didn't think things would be like this. Most teams want me as an outside linebacker. I can also be a rush defensive end. People said I can play a position like Joey Porter. That excites me."
This past weekend Kitchens made his first official visit. He also has two more lined up next month in January.
"I went to Syracuse last weekend and it was amazing. That was a great experience and I really like the school. The people there really stand out. Everyone has a stadium and facilities. The people there are real and genuine.
"That staff has that school in right direction. They had a few bad seasons and they are already turning things around. That staff is a great fit. Syracuse set the bar high.
"I have set up visits to Michigan (1-8) and USF (1-22). I am also considering visits to Florida, Alabama, Ohio State and Southern Miss. They are all going to visit me this week and I am waiting to see if they offer."