TSR Catches Up With Darius Kilgo

TSR catches up with 2010 defensive line commitment Darius Kilgo.

In early November the University of Maryland received a commitment from Weddington High School offensive and defensive line standout Darius Kilgo. On December 18, Kilgo paid a visit to College Park. “I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I had a chance to meet all the coaches, and the facilities were really great. There are a lot of positives.”

Kilgo was also impressed with Maryland's Criminal Justice program because “it's one of the top majors at Maryland.” He is also excited about the University's proximity to the District of Columbia. After his playing days are done, he hopes to find a good job opportunity or exciting internship in the area.

He has already developed a strong relationship with his future defensive line coach, Dave Sollazzo. Sollazzo has decided to keep Kilgo at defensive tackle, where he has played for most of his amateur career. The two have already discussed the type of defense Maryland will be running, which also helps to make Kilgo more comfortable. “ I feel like I can come in and understand the defense pretty well since we ran a similar system in high school.” Darius said, “ If I continue to work hard I should have a good opportunity to play.”

Darius is excited about his future in the ACC. “The experience and the atmosphere seem like [they're] great for a college football player. Playing against some of the best players in the country will challenge the best of my abilities and it is a great opportunity.” As a college level football player, he believes his ability to bring running backs and quarterbacks to the ground and getting off the ball quickly will make him successful.

Kilgo attributes much of success to Justin Hardin, his high school coach, and his parents. He feels the three have helped him stay motivated and grow as a player. Terp fans have a lot to look forward to especially since he compares his style of play to current New York Jet and former Maryland Terrapin Kris Jenkins. The signing of Darius Kilgo may be the first of Maryland's many steps towards building a stronger program.

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