Kilgo Ready to Sign with Terps

2010 Maryland commit Darius Kilgo is ready to sign with the Terps. He is confident in the team's future.

The University of Maryland football team went 2-10 last year but have still managed to pull together an impressive recruiting class for 2010 (ranked 37th in the nation by One of the stars of this class is Matthews, NC defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.

Kilgo stands at an imposing 6'3”, 303 pounds, and was able to dominate Division 3A in the Tar Heel State, compiling more than 60 tackles and at least five sacks on the year for Weddington High School.

“I felt that my individual performance was pretty good overall,” Kilgo said. “I brought all I had to the team and took leadership as a captain.”

The Warriors fell short of a winning season, finishing at 5-7 but were transitioning to a new coaching staff. Kilgo feels the team managed to overcome this change and managed to put up a decent year.

“I felt that my team did pretty well this year,” he said. “With us bringing in a whole new coaching staff, they were young and brought a lot of energy to the team. I feel that the team got better week by week, we were a very young team but had good success under a new coaching staff.”

The senior started at offensive and defensive tackle for the Warriors, and also spent time at defensive end. The Terps' coaching staff has told him that they want him at defensive tackle, and that will be his best shot at early playing time. Kilgo committed to Maryland in early November and is still confident in his decision.

“Maryland has been recruiting me since they first offered non-stop,” he said, “and throughout the process I was always leaning towards Maryland but just wanted to wait it out. I love the campus, and the coaching staff there is laid back and expects you to come in working hard and to come in ready to play.”

Kilgo said that Maryland's poor showing in 2009 did not change his opinion of the school, and he is confident in Coach Ralph Friedgen's ability to turn this team around.

“[The bad season] didn't affect my opinion at all,” he said. “I know that every team goes through their struggles to get to where they want to be and I feel like we have a great recruiting class coming in willing to work hard and we will be in a bowl game next year.”

The hulking defensive tackle said that “it was great to hear” that coach Friedgen would return for another year as head coach, “because I just had a home visit with him and we got to sit down and talk about his expectations as a coach.”

Kilgo plans to sign his letter of intent on National Signing Day, February 3, at his high school with family and friends present. The three-star prospect was named first team all-county and all-conference as a defensive tackle for the second year in a row.

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