Friday night opponents of John Milledge Academy will be very glad they do not have to line up against twin brothers Devin and Kevin Kitchens anymore.
They were two of the more dominant student-athletes to ever come through the private school football program, and they will now look to terrorize opponents at the next level. The dynamic duo signed Wednesday to further their academic and athletic careers with Shorter University, making them the third and fourth football signees from John Milledge’s Class of 2021. Devin will play center for the Shorter Hawks while his brother Kevin is expected to contribute as a defensive end, though both spent time on both sides of the football in their varsity careers.
“Both of these young men are perfect examples of hard work and dedication,” JMA head football coach JT Wall said. “They are as driven to be great at what they do as anyone I’ve ever seen. … Shorter University does not know how blessed they are getting these two young men.”
Devin and Kevin came to John Milledge as freshmen where they immediately impacted the program, though not always directly on Friday nights. During Wednesday’s signing ceremony, Wall recounted times where both players as freshmen members of the scout team defense gave his starting offense headaches. That soon translated to success under the lights, and culminated in these last two seasons where both players were key pieces to the Trojans’ back-to-back undefeated runs to GISA AAA state championships.
Per Wall, Kevin was “almost unblockable” at his defensive end slot where he totaled 62 tackles (eight for loss) and four sacks. What Kevin was to offenses, Devin was to defenses. Anchoring the Trojan offensive line at center he finished his senior campaign with 87 pancake blocks and a 94.7% lineman grade, and those are some very high numbers.
The two standouts will carry matching 4.0 grade point averages with them when they head to Shorter in northwest Georgia next year where they plan on majoring in criminal justice.
“It’s a great school,” Devin said of the brothers’ collegiate destination. “We loved the atmosphere, and the coaches are really great.”
They both agreed that John Milledge has played a big role in preparing them for this next step in their academic/athletic lives.
“The [JMA] coaches have been great father figures for us since we didn’t really have a dad in our house,” Kevin said. “The coaches were there for us, loved us and took care of us. They helped us grow in Christ and as individuals.”
There is one point on which the twins disagree, and that’s who would win in a one-on-one situation with Devin blocking and Kevin fighting to get free. They did answer the question with the same words though, saying, “Probably me.”