Kilgo likes what he sees during UT visit

Darius Kilgo

Darius Kilgo

Darius Kilgo has never seen anything like the University of Tennessee.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Weddington High School in Matthews, N.C., took an unofficial visit to UT on Sunday.

Kilgo, who’s also visited South Carolina, Duke and Clemson, said UT was the most impressive trip he’s taken.

“I would say that Tennessee blows them out of the water,” he said. “They have the top facilities. I felt comfortable in that atmosphere.”

Kilgo said his trip to UT helped move the Vols to the top of his list.

He said he’s also considering offers from South Carolina, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Maryland and East Carolina.

He said Clemson has yet to offer a scholarship.

Kilgo, who visited UT with his parents, spent time with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.

Kilgo said he likes Orgeron’s energetic style of coaching.

“He’s a great coach,” Kilgo said. “He’s just high intensity and hyper all the time.

“That’s the kind of a coach I like. He has a motor and just pushes his athletes.”

That’s the kind of coach Kilgo lacked last year at Weddington.

Kilgo said his playing weight as a junior was 315 pounds, which limited his endurance and stamina.

Kilgo said Weddington hired a new coaching staff that helped him lose weight during the offseason.

“As soon as our new coach came in we started working hard with conditioning and lifting,” Kilgo said. “(The extra weight) just fell off after that.

“It feels a whole lot better. I can move around faster and go a lot longer without getting tired.”

Kilgo said he’s unsure how long it will take him to choose a college.

He said he considered committing to UT during his trip before he and his parents decided not to rush into a decision.

He said UT is the only school he knows he’ll officially visit this fall.

He is undecided on his other trips but will likely visit Maryland.

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Comments » 31

senracjr writes:

I believe he is a vol

Cldvols1 writes:

I agree, it's only a matter of time!

DennisVols writes:

There is that word energy being used to describe our coaches again. Never heard that about our coaching staffs before.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

chaos001 writes:

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...

"on the field he is basically a two-gap space eater..."

in these economic times, who could resist a 2 for 1 deal!?!? talk about a pile-driver!

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to DaMan:

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3 Star. Also being recruited (according to Rivals) by Auburn and VaTech

volingreensboro writes:

in response to DaMan:

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DaMan, I believe I will take CEO's evaluation and opinion over yours everyday of the week and twice on Sunday, If coach O thinks he's worth offering, then so be it. And just what qualifies you as a talent scout???

reidtownriverrat writes:

big boys just have to be mean and nasty.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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About this time last year Fulmer got commitment from Montori Hughes when he was a one star. Didn't you write the same thing then?

TennesseePride writes:

Kilgo wanted to commit this weekend. He was told by the staff to wait..
They are chasing much bigger DT's and do not want to fill space..

HallowedHill writes:

I love to see the interest in UT from so many athletes. Go Vols!

Halls3 writes:

in response to jack_2222#231746:

About this time last year Fulmer got commitment from Montori Hughes when he was a one star. Didn't you write the same thing then?

Anyone can look dominant in controlled scrimmages against UT's offense. We will see this fall if Montori Hughes is for real or not.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

Not very highly rated but he did have 101 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 pick, and 3 fumble recoveries as a junior. Not bad for a big ol DT. Fans of other schools can say what they want but we need bodies at the DT position and Coach O will coach them up. Come on down Kilgo! UT is where it's at!!

TnScooby writes:

This kid could be a monster! Glad he was impressed by the whole UT experience...would love it if we sign him up as a Vol!! You can never get too many D-lineman!!!

Go Vols!!

PlaidinOrangeandWhite writes:

in response to DaMan:

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Hmmmm...should we believe Coach O's knowledge of players or DaMan's?

After much deliberation... I am going with CEO's. Coach 'em up!

SeaBass writes:

does anyone know how long ago these stats they have on him.6-4,290 and says he is moving faster and not tiring out as quick.q/how old is these combine figures or are they fairly new has he done any recent combines.espn has him listed 6-4,315 40 time 5.5 are these new

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

i'd imagine that he's rated a little lower because of his weight/endurance issues. He kind of has the signs of being a guy who gets a lot more interest soon. The sooner we can lock him in the better.

givehim6 writes:

UT will be better on defence this season, and with these new guys on the D line, man! UT will have a kick butt line for years to come. Good thing for any QB for the future.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

He's rated as the #35 Offensive Guard and a 3 star prospect on scout.com, then he's rated as the #75 DT on rivals.com and a 3 star prospect.

He doesn't have outstanding numbers, and it's reflected by who is offering him, but like I said, I think with his weight loss, he's the kind of guy who might move up to a top 50 DT by the end of the season.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to TennesseePride:

Kilgo wanted to commit this weekend. He was told by the staff to wait..
They are chasing much bigger DT's and do not want to fill space..

We have plenty of scholarships to offer-seems like a good one. Go Vols

MNVOL98 writes:

If Orgeron likes him, so do I. His staff had rigorous recruiting criteria at that college in Mississippi.

hueypilot writes:

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I'm just suggesting here, that maybe Ed Orgeron knows a little more about appraising football talent than someone who calls himself Da Man, and maybe just maybe, he would be the one to make the call on offering the kid a scholarship instead of checking with bloggers. Just my take.

SCarolinaVols writes:

V,B

deadheadvol writes:

in response to DennisVols:

There is that word energy being used to describe our coaches again. Never heard that about our coaching staffs before.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

I agree Dennis, other than his short stay at Ole Miss, I hadnt heard of coach Orgeron, but the words "intensity, energy, hyper" are thrown around more than Tebow panties, cant wait to see that intensity translate to the field, go orange!

cmoore7 writes:

::::pops popcorn for DaMan's pwnage session:::::

volfan#207874 writes:

in response to Lostballnhighweeds:

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Hmmm...appears to me that a ball is not the only thing that you lost in the weeds. Get real, dude!

CarolinaVolunteer writes:

in response to long_vol:

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Completely agree. This kid is playing in a tough 4A athletic conference in Charlotte, NC and posting good numbers as a junior. He will continue to grow and fill out before he ever sees the field in college. Let's remember, the next recruiting class is just now starting their senior year...

GO VOLS!

footballtime writes:

keep this in mind Reggie White...one of the greatest to ever play D for Tennessee add your name and commit

orangetothebone writes:

build it and they will come

LiveFaith writes:

He likes what he wees b/c he sees the top of the centers helmet, since no DTs are playing in front of him. Man, the OL and inside DL are like gold mines for big time players. I cannot imagine a HS kid not taking the opp to play for Monte Kiffin, although I doubt he stays for four years. JMO.

ballcoachron writes:

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Kilgo is the real deal. Last years HS staff a Weddington was a joke, not enough conditioning or contact. It's a different show now. This team may be the best conditioned in NC. Kilgo is quicker, stronger, and faster than last year. Definitely worth a scholarship and by year's end a 4 star commitment. He has all the physical skills you'd want for a lineman. My predition is all-SEC freshman team next year.

t2farmer#294426 writes:

High School recruits evalute schools based on several key factors: The coaching staff, facilities, potential playing time, and the schools overall environment which inludes the attitude of the fan base. I for one think we have a great staff and the best facilities in college football. Our fan base is second to none
With our record during the past three years--potential playing time is there if the recruit comes in and works for it. I believe that we will have 5-6 freshmen start bafore the season os over.

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