June 25, 2012

Kilgore talks about Spartan commitment

This afternoon Head Coach Mark Dantonio received some great news when wide receiver Trey Kilgore of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati made his college decision. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect will be playing his college football at Michigan State University. SpartanMag.com has the details from the 3-star prospect.

Kilgore visited Michigan State last week and he gave us some details about his time on campus.

"I went up there last Wednesday and I not only worked with the coaches, but also toured the campus. First, I did the testing and then I worked with the Wide Receiver Coach to show my hands and ability. Afterwards I toured the facilities and was able to see how nice everything is. I was impressed with lots of the buildings and the academics. The Engineering building was really nice. Everyone up there was very accommodating and made me feel like I was already part of the family. I was able to speak with DeAnthony (Arnett) and he gave me some good insight about Michigan State University. Everything up there just felt right."

Kilgore had an impressive list of scholarship offers, but narrowed his choices down to three main schools, Michigan State, Boston College and Iowa. We talked about him making his decision to become a Spartan.

"I was able to speak with my family about things and we agreed that I just needed to go where my heart was telling me to," Kilgore said. "I sent a text to Coach Barnett and told him I was going to call Coach Dantonio up. When I spoke with Coach Dantonio he was excited that I wanted to become a Spartan. He wanted to make sure I felt the same way about Michigan State, which I do. I really feel that Michigan State is the perfect place for me to reach my maximum potential."

Playing for Cincinnati St. Xavier High School means that Kilgore gets a chance to compete against what many consider to be the toughest football in the entire Midwest. We asked him about his strengths as a player and the expectations for the upcoming season.

"My strengths are my run after the catch ability and my knowledge. I have played wide receiver, running back and quarterback so I understand the positions and what the offense is trying to do. At St Xavier the expectations are always high. We return a lot of skill position players so we should be very good there. We did lose some quality seniors on the line, but I feel confident that some of the young guys will step up. That is what we do at St. Xavier every year."

Michigan State had to luxury of being very selective at the wide receiver position. The fact that Kilgore came up to camp and worked with the coaches speaks to how the staff feels about him. Kilgore is known for being a hard worker and a high character type of player. No doubt those attributes were also attractive to Coach Dantonio and the rest of the Michigan State staff.

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