Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow made a non-binding oral commitment to play for the Trojans, although the commitment won't be binding for another 14 months.
"As a player, he's extremely gifted athlete," Red Lion coach Dwayne Thomas said. "He has a very rare combination of speed, power, agility and football instincts. It's very rare an atlete has all that. He's got a great get off, escapability and he makes the play. He's rated close to 10 in all those areas."
Bigelow made the decision a few days after returning home from an unofficial visit to watch the game against UCLA.
"It's great for USC," Red Lion assistant coach Charlie Lemon said. "I think he's a great kid. I've known him for the last four or five years. He's a better person than a football player. He's a great hearted-kid and it's absolutely great for him to get the opportunity to play at USC and in Southern California."
Landing young talent from Red Lion is becoming old hat to the Trojans.
Red Lion quarterback David Sills, who dazzled as a freshman this season, has already given USC a non-binding oral commitment.
In the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Bigelow, the Trojans are getting a dynamic athlete. He is powerful and quick, and dominates in games and on the camp circuit. He has the speed to get past an offensive lineman on the edge and can chase down a ball carrier from behind, and also the strength to overpower blockers.
Bigelow is so athletic that when Red Lion attended camps in the offseason, he would play linebacker and tight end in 7-on-7s.
"When I first had Kenny I played him at linebacker and tight end and things like that," Thomas said. "He's gifted in the agility aspect of things. He can change direction with the best of them and he's usually more athletic than any guard or center there. He has explosion and the way he gets off blocks quickly, some guys have his size and some have his strength but rarely have size with speed and athleticism."
He was recruited to USC to play defensive tackle, and Lemon doesn't believe it matters if he plays nose guard or 3-technique.
"I don't think it matters because he's going to bring that intensity," Lemon said. "The way he gets off the ball is something I haven't seen. I've seen a lot of kids play and his get off is unbelievable. It's a lot of hard work."