Varsity Preps

Rising Star: 2015 S Richie Kittles, Stranahan High

2015 S Richie Kittles (5’10, 173, 4.53) of Stranahan High had a very productive junior season recording 147 total tackles, 80 solo, 16 passes broken up, eight sacks, six forced fumbles, and one interception.

Because of his physical and aggressive style of play, Kittles told Varsity Preps he’s hearing from Syracuse, Miami, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Louisville. He talked about the two programs he’s currently hearing from most.

Syracuse came down to scout a practice. They liked what they saw and they’ve kept in touch through letters and emails to my coach. I hear from Syracuse several times a week.

Miami is sending emails and letters, too. Based on what they’re sending, it sounds like they’re definitely interested,” Kittles said. “I hear from the Hurricanes every week.”

Stranahan’s playmaking safety said he’s open to any program that shows interest.

“I want to put myself in the best possible situation, so I’m open to all my opportunities.”

Kittles talked about what will be important in his recruitment going forward.

“Academics will be an important part of my decision. My mom wants me to get a good education,” he said. “I’ll major in sports management.

“I would like to earn playing time as a freshman for a program with a good fanbase. I feed off the crowd, the noise gets me going.”

The Mighty Dragons went 4-6 this season, but returns a talented junior class. Stranahan has had only one winning season in the last eight years, but Kittles feels they’re on the road back to respectability.

“It’s a new beginning here at Stranahan and we’re excited about the future. I think we let a few opportunities slip away this season, but we’re pleased with the direction of our program.”

Shortly after the season is over, Kittles will attend the TOC Sports Underclassmen Combine in Miramar, FL. TOC Sports has invited the top juniors from Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, hand-picked by local high school football and recruiting expert Larry Blustein.

Head coach Willie Hill says of Kittles that “he’s a player that gets everybody else going. He’s vocal on the field, talks some trash, and is always around the football. He’s beginning to hear from programs like West VirginiaFSU, and Auburn. There’s a lot of interest there.”

– Michael Bradley

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