High School Sports

Bluffton's B.J. Kitty headed to UNC Pembroke to play football

B.J. Kitty still recalls moments and plays from his senior season at Bluffton High School as if they happened yesterday. He calls it the most memorable year of his career.

He just hopes that statement doesn't last too long. Kitty plans to sign a letter of intent next week to play football at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he hopes to create a few more significant moments in his playing career.

"I can't wait to get started," Kitty said. "I'm really excited. I've been at the gym pretty much every day working out, trying to get ready."

Part of the transition for Kitty will be a position switch. After playing on the defensive line during the Bobcats' record-setting 2010 campaign, Kitty will be playing outside linebacker at UNC Pembroke, he said. He last played the position during his sophomore season with the Bobcats.

Kitty said he also plans to try out for the school's baseball team in the spring.

Name: B.J. Kitty

High school: Bluffton

Sport: Football

High school coaches: Ken Cribb, Jeremy West

College: University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Probable major: Communications or physical therapy

About UNC Pembroke: The Braves finished 5-5 overall last season. Coached by Pete Shinnick, the football team competes in the Peach Belt Conference.

Why UNC Pembroke?: "I liked the campus," Kitty said. "I felt at home while away from home."

Other schools considered: Catawba College (N.C.), Brevard College (N.C.), North Carolina Central, Shaw University (N.C.)

Other high school sports played: Football, basketball

Accolades: Kitty totaled 94 tackles (15 for loss), five sacks and an interception for a touchdown during his senior season with the Bobcats.