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.