2010 Intro: Darius Kilgo

MATTHEWS, N.C. --- Darius Kilgo is optimistic that North Carolina will become the latest school to extend him a scholarship offer.

"They just want me to come down there for their junior day, which is the 28th [of February], and just see the campus and talk to the coaches," Kilgo said. "They said most people they invite for junior day, they end up offering."

If UNC does offer Kilgo, a 6-foot-4, 313-pound defensive tackle from Weddington High, he says it's "possible" that he'll eventually make a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels, which happen to be his favorite program.

"North Carolina is a place that I would like to go," Kilgo said. "I want to stay local, because I really don't want to go anywhere far. I've been talking to the coaches a lot and they had a great recruiting class this year. I think that would be a great place for me to go academically and athletically.

"I wouldn't commit right afterwards – I would have to just wait and see. But I'll probably eventually end up committing there."

Ideally, Kilgo would like to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season.

"I'm not really in a rush to [commit]," Kilgo said. "I'm just trying to wait to see who else offers and then I'll go from there."

At the moment, Illinois is the lone school to offer Kilgo a scholarship. However, he's being heavily recruited by Clemson, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, as well as UNC.

"I think a couple of those schools are on the verge of offering," Weddington head coach Justin Hardin said.

Hardin has fielded visits from several recruiters the last several months. One of the bigger drop-ins came from UNC.

"Coach [Butch] Davis came down with Coach [Tommy] Thigpen," Hardin said. "Coach Davis really liked him – he's a good student and such a physically impressive kid."

Kilgo was first brought up to the varsity ranks as a freshman during Weddington's playoff run that season. The following year, Kilgo became a starter.

Following his junior season, Kilgo was named to both the all-conference and all-county teams. He collected 83 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles on the year.

"He just brings a physical presence," Hardin said. "He's very athletic for his size and that's why a lot of major colleges are recruiting him. He plays hard and he has a good motor."

Hardin plans to utilize both a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense this coming fall. In both schemes, Kilgo will line up at nose guard.

"If you put him right in the middle, people have to decide where they'll run the football," Hardin said. "He's such a big strong kid that people will have to account for him in the middle."

Kilgo is primarily being recruited as a nose guard.

Last summer, Kilgo camped at both NC State and Virginia Tech.

"This summer I plan to go to a lot of camps – UNC, NC State, Clemson," Kilgo said.

Thigpen, who recently accepted a job at Auburn, began recruiting Kilgo for UNC. Everett Withers, though, has picked up Kilgo's recruitment.

"[Withers] has taken over temporarily just to keep me in touch with stuff," Kilgo said. "But he said he's waiting until the new guy comes and then I'll be in touch with him."

During conversations with Thigpen, Kilgo was informed that UNC was aiming to sign three to four defensive tackles. Withers' conversations, though, have focused on getting Kilgo to visit Chapel Hill.

Darius Kilgo Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories