"I can't wait," Bigelow said after Tuesday's practice. "This is a great big stepping stone of the level of competition I'm about to step into."
The Elkton (Md.) Tri-State Christian Academy standout is an early enrollee for the Trojans and is set to be on campus January 10th. With college now just around the corner, he's using these last few days as a high school athlete at the Army All-American Bowl to prepare to play against his future competition.
"I'm taking the opportunity to go out here and compete with these guys and get a feel for what the next level is going to be like," he said.
USC coaches have told the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Bigelow they are expecting him to make an immediate impact for the Trojans. "It's phenomenal," he explained, "there's expectations for me to come out and do great things just like [Leonard Williams] did."
The soon-to-be Trojan admits it was disappointing how the 7-6 USC season played out, noting they weren't "expecting to go down that way" at the Sun Bowl. But as a part of the future, he knows he can provide help where it's needed.
Though Bigelow's part in USC's future is certain, who his defensive coordinator will be is not, as the Trojans begin their search for a new coach to replace Monte Kiffin. The rumor mill is circulating with possible names, but none have been brought to Bigelow. At this point, all he can do is hope for the best.
"I just hope that whoever it is comes in and keeps the 4-3 base," Bigelow said. "That's what I was recruited to play and that's what I want to do."