It was not even a month ago when Trey Kilgore (Cincinnati/St. Xavier) thought he lost the opportunity to play for his favorite school. It turns out that it just opened the door for him to find the real school he would fall in love with.
On Monday, Kilgore committed to Michigan State over Iowa, Boston College and Kentucky.
“The thing that kept playing in my head was what happened with UC (Cincinnati) and how I wanted to commit to UC a while back,” Kilgore said. “I was new to the whole process and didn’t know how nasty the recruiting process could get.”
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound receiver heard from his coach that Cincinnati took a commit at receiver and no longer had any room. Repeated attempts to call the coaching staff at Cincinnati went unanswered.
“When you want to do something in your heart, you can’t wait because someone could commit before you and I had to learn that the hard way with UC,” he said. “I knew it was time to commit (to Michigan State).
“And I think I have a better feeling about Michigan State than I did about UC, so it’s good that situation happened.”
With Kilgore’s commitment, the Spartans are also filled up at receiver now, too. Michigan State is only looking to take a single receiver in the 2013 class after bringing in five newcomers to the position in the last class.
Being the only receiver in 2013 and following a strong 2012 group of four-stars Aaron Burbridge and Monty Madaris and former ESPN 150 receiver DeAnthony Arnett (a Tennessee transfer), Kilgore called it “an honor.”
“It’s Big Ten football and they only take the best of the best,” Kilgore said. “I was a little bit nervous with the whole Michigan State thing at first. Here they are, they took five of the best receivers in the nation last year and I’m worried about playing time. But after sitting down and thinking, if they took those five receivers last year and they’re the best in the nation and they’re looking at me as well, I feel like I’m placed among the best in the nation.”
Having gone through what he did over the last month, Kilgore said it is a relief to finally find a future home and be the Spartans’ ninth verbal commit in the 2013 class. However, he still is grateful of the entire process.
“Everything gets a little stressful, but what I take from it is there are kids out there that don’t have the opportunity that some are blessed with to have, to have all these offers to go to school for free,” Kilgore said. “It’s a good thing to be stressed about.”