Monday, April 06, 2009
This is Shaun Kitchens, a 6-3, 211-pound (!) wideout from College Park, Ga., that became Auburn's second commitment for the class of 2010 last Saturday. There's a couple of free quotes from Kitchens here--not surprisingly, the idea of playing for Trooper Taylor in a Malzahn-directed offense was pretty appealing.
Kitchens's offer list (as any Alabama fan would be happy to tell you, I'm sure) doesn't have any of the SEC's heaviest hitters on it, but as with previous commit Jake Holland, it's nothing to sneeze at, either: West Virginia, Michigan State, South Carolina, both Mississippi schools. Also worth noting is that Kitchens continues the new staff's course reversal towards Benton-style tall outside receivers rather than Frenchy-type slot jitterbugs. The instruction from Malzahn to players like Kitchens will be pretty clear: go deep, young man.
Another huge positive from Auburn's very early recruiting returns: no academic risk. Holland and Kitchens both had Duke offers, which should tell you something, and Kitchens says he's on track to graduate and enroll early. Tubby had a reasonable share of academic achievers to go with the many (many) non-qualifiers of his final two classes, and I'm sure there'll be at least a couple of guys on the academic fence in this class when all is said and done. But after watching so many guys from the Tubby era fail to ever arrive on campus, starting off 2-for-2 in terms of kids who have their head on perfectly straight is quite the welcome sight.
More. Tiger Insider has a variety of recruiting links and info for you hyah, hyah, and hyah. Probably the biggest development, given the serious dearth of linebackers on the Auburn roster at the moment, is LaDarius Owens allegedly trimming his list to Auburn and Alabama. Given Saban's unfortunate success in keeping top-shelf in-state linebacking prospects away from the Plains the last couple of years, Owens would be, as they say, a big get.