SMU assistant coaches Jeff Reinebold and Derrick Odum traveled to Houma, Louisiana, last night for…
New Offer for Louisiana CB?
"I talked to Coach (Jeff) Reinebold this morning, and he's supposed to come see me at my school tomorrow," said three-star cornerback Daren Kitchen. "He's been telling me for awhile that they would offer me if I showed interest in them, and I'll be happy if they do offer me. If they offer, I want to take an official visit right away. I have an uncle who lives in Dallas, so I'd be able to see him at the same time. "When I heard that SMU was looking for help in the secondary, I called Coach Reinebold and told him that I'm interested, and he's going to come by and pick up my transcript tomorrow. He's already seen my film and I think there's an 80% chance that they'll make me an offer." Stanford was the first school to extend an offer to Kitchen, followed by Nebraska, and he's still in contact with the Huskers, as well as Michigan. "I'm still talking to Nebraska and Michigan," he said. "I've continued to hear from Michigan, even after they hired their new head coach." Kitchen endured an unusual senior season, but it's turned out to possibly be a blessing in disguise. "I played the first seven games of the year at Vandebilt Catholic, but then my mom got laid off and I had to transfer to a public school the following Monday because we couldn't afford tuition any longer," he recalled. "The season started off good for me. I had 45 tackles and four interceptions -- three of which I returned for touchdowns. "I think the transfer ended up helping me in the long run, because I was just concentrating on my academics after that. I made a 22 on my ACT and I'm taking extra courses to bring my core GPA up to the standards that are required by the NCAA Clearinghouse." Kitchen is the nation's No. 91-ranked cornerback. -Greg Powers-
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