Wednesday, April 24, 2013
2014 Spotlight: WR Demarre Kitt
By Brad Bournival
Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into the list of juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. Next on the list of wide receivers is Demarre Kitt, who had an incredible visit with the Buckeyes this month.
Vitals: Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) is 6 foot and 196 pounds.
Status: Once a Georgia commit, he reopened his recruitment in October and has the Buckeyes high on his list along with Tennessee. Clemson is certainly in the mix as well.
ESPN.com ranking: He’s an ESPN 150 wide receiver ranked No. 99 overall. Slotted ninth overall in the state of Georgia, Kitt is the 12th-best wide receiver in the nation. With more than 20 offers already, schools from one coast to the other have told the standout they want him at their school for the next four or five years.
Numbers game: Kitt made 68 catches for 1,151 yards last season and scored a total of 12 touchdowns in leading the undefeated Patriots to a Class AAAA state title.
State of the position: With scholarships handed out to slot receivers and ESPN 150 standouts Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) as well as four-star standouts James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) and Corey Smith (Akron, Ohio/East Mississippi Community College), the wideout position is strong at Ohio State. However, Smith only has three years to play two seasons. Kitt is one of the top-flight wide receivers in the 2014 class and would bolster an already solid unit.
What has caught Ohio State’s eye: In a word, reliability. Kitt’s sure hands make him a weapon almost every time the ball is snapped. His smooth stride and great change of direction make him perfect for the slot position. While he’s not incredibly fast, his ability to improvise on the fly makes him a perfect target for a scrambling quarterback. He’s a well-rounded receiver who won’t make too many mistakes, either.
What he has said about the Buckeyes: “I love everything about it. They showed me everything I wanted to see from what the coaches do to the education. I’m glad I got the opportunity to see it. I went to practice and really liked it. I hung out with their players and got a chance to sit in on their meetings. It feels good being recruited by Coach Urban Meyer. I’ve grown up watching him. It’s a good feeling.”