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November 10, 2009

Darius Kilgo talks Terps commitment

A sense of hopelessness came over Darius Kilgo on Saturday.

The Maryland defensive tackle commitment sat in front of his computer, following the Terps’ every move as they took on North Carolina State.

Kilgo said monitoring Maryland’s 38-31 loss “wasn’t that frustrating” -- other than the fact that he wasn’t there to help.

“Absolutely [I wanted to be there] because they’re a young team and I feel like I can contribute,” Kilgo said.

A standout lineman at Weddington High in Matthews, N.C., Kilgo received offers from East Carolina, Illinois, Michigan State, South Carolina and Tennessee. But Maryland, according to Kilgo, was “the first school to offer.”

“They were always on my mind because the coaches were always calling me throughout the recruiting process,” Kilgo said. “They were just saying I could come in and possibly play as a freshman, so I just need to come in and work hard.”

Plenty of hard work has already been done. Kilgo, 6 feet 4, checked in at 315 pounds as a junior. Now he’s down to 280 and can’t help but notice how much his footwork and stamina has improved -- something that should please his future position coach at Maryland.

“Me and Coach [Dave] Sollazzo have been talking a lot. We’re starting to build a relationship,” Kilgo said. “He’s just a great coach. He’s always fired up and I like that about him. He always has energy.”

Kilgo will continue following the Terps from afar, while readying for the stretch run of his high school career. When he arrives in College Park, Kilgo will be ready to hit the ground running.

“I’m not going to let Maryland down,” Kilgo said. “I’m going to work my hardest and try to contribute as much as I can.”

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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