Catching Up with Demarre Kitt

By Alex on February 20, 2012 at 5:00p
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Break me off a piece of that Kitt Kat BarKitt is one of the nation's best for the class of 2014

While Urban Meyer and his staff are trying to compile a recruiting class that would rank tops in the country for 2013, it's never to early to start thinking about the future and that includes some star studded players in the class of 2014.

One of those star players comes from Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek High School in the form of WR Demarre Kitt. Kitt stands at 6-1/180 already as a sophomore and with recent Auburn signee (and former Buckeye recruit) JaQuay Williams, formed one of the deadliest receiving corps in the south.

This past year Kitt compiled 42 catches for 651 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also adding a punt return for a score, as Sandy Creek went 12-1, falling in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. This year, with more experience and a stronger physique thanks to off-season training, he will look to capitalize on the opportunity to be the top receiving threat on his team and finish the season off with a state championship.

With such a great season in the books, Kitt has already garnered a lot of attention on the recruiting trail. In addition to offers from Clemson, Georgia, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Auburn, and Ole Miss, he is expecting offers from Florida and Alabama in the near future and his receiving interest from many of the top programs in the country, including Ohio State.

This weekend Kitt took the luxury of having off of President's Day to take a trip up north to Ohio to participate in the RAW Talent Sports Combine in Cleveland, as well as take a tour of the campuses at Ohio State and Cincinnati.

At the combine, Kitt was widely regarded as one of the top receivers in attendance, if not the top player at the position, despite being one of the youngest there. Kitt felt he did "pretty good" and said "I won all my 1-on-1 drills, catching most of the passes that came my way". He also showed some good speed for his size, running a 4.52 40-yard dash at the event.

After the day in Cleveland, Kitt went down to Ohio State first on Sunday. Despite being disappointed not many coaches were on campus (Urban Meyer is in Florida for one), he said "the visit went pretty well", adding that he enjoyed the campus and facilities as he was lead around by OSU Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni. He said that Pantoni told him that the coaches would be calling him soon and he was excited and eager to hear what they had to say.

After leaving Columbus without an offer from the Buckeyes, Kitt took the trip down I-71 South to see Butch Jones and the Cincinnati Bearcats. Once again a tour of the facilities and campus were on the agenda, but this time Kitt added another offer, his sixth to date. He said he really liked Cincinnati and the visit and offer put the school in his top three along with Clemson and Georgia.

While things are moving fast for Demarre early in the process, he says he is not going to rush to a decision, adding that he'll "likely wait at least one more year" before making a decision and "could wait until National Signing Day in 2014". More offers are sure to come his way, including one likely from Ohio State, and he wants to take more visits to see what each school that is after him has to offer.

Kitt can get upKitt caught 10 touchdowns during the 2011 season

Not having grown up rooting for a team, despite having UGA and Georgia Tech in his home state, Kitt is pretty neutral right now. He does have his former teammate in Williams pulling on him to go play at Auburn, but says he doesn't know that much about the program yet and will have to take a visit there before he gives thought to joining his good friend.

In addition to making visits to Auburn and other schools during the spring, Kitt is working hard in the weight room and on the practice field to improve his game. While he feels his strengths are ability to use his speed and elusiveness to get open, as well as having good hands, he does want to improve on his "strength and explosiveness to beat jams off the line of scrimmage".

It is no secret that Kitt will be one of the most sought after players in the class of 2014. His current offer list and performances at combines like the one at Raw Talent Sports this past weekend show that and with more work this off-season he is only going to get better.

I expect Ohio State to be all over Kitt in the very near future and you can bet that after hearing that he came to campus for a look around this past weekend that Pantoni will make sure Urban Meyer is on the phone with him the minute he returns to his office at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

While it's hard to keep track of the 2013 class at hand right now, keep an eye on Kitt as he will be name talked about early and often all over the country when it comes to 2014 athletes.

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Alex's picture

Do you guys/gals prefer this style of story or the Q&A we traditionally run with?

William's picture

I find this style better than the Q&As.

capn's picture

Both are great, the stories have a different flavor. Q&A makes it feel more personal.

Capn, Make It So...

ARMYBUCK's picture

I personally like both but I would have to give the nod to the Q and A for the simple fact it further shows what the recruit is thinking.  Your good either way though.  Keep up the good work!

bassplayer7770's picture

I also think I prefer the Q&A style, but I can live with whatever is easiest for you.

Alex's picture

Thanks for the feedback...have a ton more Catching Up Withs to get you all this week and wanted to know....for the most part I'll stick with Q&A but it's good to switch it up depending on the interviewee every now and then

Squirrel Master's picture

I think this style shows your journalistic skills but I like the Q&A. Gets more of a personal feel with the player. Do you know how many of the players that are being recruited look at this site? I wonder what they think reading us crazies talk about them?

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

Ha some definitely come and read the articles, some don't bother looking at any sites....I would definitely err on the side of caution though, you never know who is reading