Three-star cornerback Daren Kitchen will make the trip to Ann Arbor in a couple of weeks to watch…
Wolverines Battle Aggies
Daren Kitchen, the 6-foot-2, 177-pound three-star cornerback from Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, La., has narrowed his list of schools down to Michigan and Texas A&M. Both have offered. "I've narrowed my list to these two schools because I basically looked at it like those two schools would offer me the ability to play early, they've each got great academics and great environments," Kitchen said. "I'll be taking an official visit to Michigan when they take on Michigan State (Oct. 9) and I don't have a date set yet for A&M but I'm thinking it will be after the season. "Whichever I like the best then I'll go off that and make my decision," he said. One school also has a slight lead over the other. "Michigan has got the edge over Texas A&M right now," Kitchen said. "I'm just really excited about that program and I like how everyone knows about them. They've had a couple of down years but they're a building program, and they've really got some great coaches. "I know they're a little far from home but I think it's a school where I'd be happy," he said. "I've got a great opportunity to play early there and I think it's a program that would help me evolve into a great player. And I think they're going to be a really good team in the future." But don't count out the Aggies yet. "I didn't know much about them from the start and then some of their coaches came to my school last spring," he said. "That got me interested in them and I began to look them up and talk with them some more. "I like how they're an up-and-coming program," Kitchen said. "And they've always been a good team, but they just haven't gotten over the hump, but I think they're going to be a national championship team soon. They've got a great atmosphere there too and it would be a good place to be in." However, Kitchen is still hoping he gets an offer from an SEC school. "If I got an offer from an SEC school, like an Ole Miss or Georgia, than I would definitely look into them," he said. "The SEC has a lot to offer. "Plus after I take my official visits to Michigan and A&M, I might like to check out some other schools because I might be surprised on what I see," Kitchen said. "If I did end up taking another official visit, it would probably be out to Nebraska, just to see what it's like." Vandebilt Catholic High School (1-0) will play St. Charles Catholic on Friday. So far this season, Kitchen has racked up six tackles and two pass breakups at his position. Kitchen reports a 2.8 GPA and a 22 ACT. "I plan on taking the test again just to see if I can get a higher score," he said. "But I'll probably take it sometime after the football season."
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