Monday, December 17, 2012
DT Bigelow loves L.A., ready for impact
By Blair Angulo
Longtime commit Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) got a preview of his fast-approaching move to Los Angeles over the weekend and the No. 2-rated defensive tackle described his official visit to USC as the "best experience ever."
That's hardly a surprise, given that Bigelow has been one of the more vocal and loyal Trojans supporters since he became the first member of the current recruiting class last November.
"Seeing the McKay Center for the first time since it finished was probably my favorite part of the visit," Bigelow said. "I have never seen anything like that before. Hanging with the coaches and talking with the players was great. Coach O and I talked a lot. I sat in during some position meetings and we met one-on-one in his office. He laid out plans for me and told me what he wants me to do. He needs me to come in and make a difference right away."
Bigelow, who will enroll on Jan. 10, didn't have many questions for his host, freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams, or any of the other current Trojans he spent time with. Bigelow spoke at length with Nelson Agholor, Jahleel Pinner, T.J. McDonald, Hayes Pullard and Marqise Lee.
Bigelow, ranked No. 11 in the ESPN 150, was reassured that distance from home won't be an issue.
"I'm going to fit in just fine there," he said. "I love L.A. I love big cities. There's plenty of things to do and I know I'll never get bored out there. I'm a very sociable guy, so it will be easy to live there."
While Bigelow has been firmly committed to the Trojans, a pair of uncommitted targets joined him on campus: Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and Desmond Harrison (San Pablo, Calif./Contra Costa College).
"It wasn't different for them at all," Bigelow said "They came in and had fun. Leon is a quiet, shy guy but he opened up after a bit. I talked to him a lot and I know his parents had a great time. They were definitely enjoying it. His mom always had a smile on her face and his dad had a lot of conversations with the coaching staff. Leon really loves music, so if football doesn't work out he'll have something to fall back on."
Bigelow met with a few of the academic advisers and gained a better perspective of what major he might pursue when he arrives on campus.
"I like learning about the body and how it functions during sports and stuff like that, so maybe I'll major in human performance," he said.
During the weekend, Bigelow got a close glimpse of USC practices as the Trojans prepare the Hyundai Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.
"The tempo, man, they move really fast," Bigelow said. "I can't wait to be a part of that."