LOS ANGELES, Calif. — It took Kenny Bigelow a little longer than originally expected to make his way to USC, but the five-star recruit is now officially a Trojan.
The 6-foot-3 295-pound defensive tackle enrolled early at USC, despite some paperwork setbacks which kept him from starting class on Jan. 14, the first day of the spring semester. Bigelow arrived in L.A. on Jan. 25, locking him in as one of six 2013 recruits already now campus for USC head coach Lane Kiffin.
Bigelow verbally committed to USC on Nov. 30, the Wednesday after watching the Trojans’ 50-0 route of UCLA during the 2011 season. He was the first member of the 2013 recruiting class to pledge to Troy.
“It was the coaching staff, the environment of California, the feeling around the whole stadium,” Bigelow told FOX Sports NEXT after committing. “There wasn’t one thing. The whole city and the whole place is just a great place to be.”
Scout.com’s No. 4 ranked defensive tackle, Bigelow earned Army All-American honors this year despite only playing in three games for his Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy team.
It was at his Army jersey presentation that Bigelow revealed through a heartfelt speech that his father battled alcoholism and that at age 14 Bigelow received a phone call notifying him his father passed away in jail. He thanked his mother for “putting up with him” through his tough times as an adolescent.
After a dominating performance at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Bigelow said, “I’ve got my mom out here, she’s watching. My dad passed away – I did it for them.
All that stuff motivated me to do this.”
Bigelow’s only official visit was to USC.
Scott Kennedy on Kenny Bigelow:
Bigelow has defensive tackle size with a middle linebacker build. He is incredibly quick off the line and uses his hands well to establish control of a blocker. He is light on his feet for a 300 pounder with excellent lateral movement. Changes direction well and can penetrate a double team or hold the line against the run. Quick enough to play end in a 3-4, but an ideal build for a gap shooting 4-3 defensive tackle.