Posted by Bryan Fischer
After crushing crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday, head coach Lane Kiffin had just one thing on his mind as USC served out the final year of their bowl ban: recruiting.
The win over their rival sent the Trojans out on a high note as the staff hit the road to recruit the next day and it's already paying dividends as Bear (Del.) defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow committed Wednesday night, giving the program its first 2013 pledge and one of the nation's top players in the class.
“It’s a beautiful place out there,” Bigelow told 247Sports. “I really liked the environment. Just to be out in California for the weekend and seeing the sights, it’s a really great place. Seeing the alumni come out of USC, and not just football greats, but actors like Will Ferrell and movie producers is amazing.”
Likely to be one of the top players at his position once the rankings come out, the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder already held scholarship offers from Auburn, UConn, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Illinois among others. Bigelow took an unofficial visit to the Coliseum over the weekend to see the win over UCLA and with the Trojans entering scholarship reductions due to NCAA sanctions in 2012, he sees an opportunity for playing time and the chance to learn from the best in line coach Ed Orgeron.
“I think I can go into that football program and standout immediately,” Bigelow said. “They have a great defensive line, I saw a lot of defensive ends, but I didn’t see a lot of defensive tackles. I think I could go there and compete for a starting position and make that defense a lot better.”
Bigelow is USC's first commitment for the class of 2013 and the Trojans have just two defensive ends committed in 2012. He racked up 20 sacks this season while playing on the same high school team as quarterback David Sills, also a Trojan commitment but in the class of 2015.
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