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Friday, January 25, 2013
DT Bigelow cleared for spring term at USC

By Blair Angulo

ESPN 150 defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) is no longer in limbo.

The longtime USC commit received clearance from the NCAA on Friday afternoon, ending an exhaustive process that lasted more than a month since he submitted scholarship paperwork to the school. Bigelow officially visited USC on Dec. 14 but had not been allowed to enroll while his high school coursework was examined.

“I’m so ready to go, get working and be back with my new family,” Bigelow said in a text message.

Before his senior season, Bigelow transferred to Eastern Christian Academy, an upstart school structured around online courses based in Maryland and established by the father of Trojans quarterback commit David Sills. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) denied Eastern Christian's application to join as a non-member. Prospective opponents then dropped Eastern Christian from their schedules, and the school’s football season folded.

Bigelow and fellow Trojans commit Khaliel Rodgers, an ESPN 300 offensive lineman, played only four games before their senior seasons ended.

Bigelow's clearance came a week before the enrollment deadline. The final day to enroll for spring semester at USC is Feb. 1.

“It was frustrating, annoying and tiresome,” Bigelow said of the lengthy process.

USC had five early enrollees on campus at the start of the semester: quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), safeties Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) and Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), running back Justin Davis (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) and cornerback Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga). Winter workouts for the Trojans began this week, and the semester kicked off Jan. 14.

Bigelow, the No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the ESPN rankings, said he hoped to fly into Los Angeles on Sunday to start his college career. He committed to the Trojans in November of 2011 -- becoming the first member of the 2013 recruiting class -- and, despite the underwhelming 7-6 season and a bevy of decommitments, he never wavered.