Junior defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow (Bear, Del./Red Lion Christian) was in study hall when he was told there was a coach that wanted to talk to him on the phone.
That coach was Oklahoma defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp, and just like that, Bigelow had an OU offer. He had letters from the Sooners before, but this call made it feel real to Bigelow and showed he wasn’t just a regional prospect.
The offer was a complete surprise to Bigelow, who is 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds and on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. He’s received numerous offers from teams on the east coast, but he said there is simply something different about getting an offer from the Sooners.
“It’s a great honor to know they’re making their way to our school here in Delaware,” Bigelow said. “OU normally doesn’t come this way.”
Bigelow’s right. The East Coast has never been a hotbed for OU recruiting, but the bye week saw the Sooners concentrate on a couple of east coast powerhouses in Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel and Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco.
And the pursuit of Bigelow could be the start of looking at Red Lion Christian. Bigelow already has offers from Auburn, Virginia and Maryland, among others, but he’s nowhere close to naming any favorites.
If he has his way, though, he’ll make sure he gets a chance to check out the OU campus to see what the Sooners have to offer.
“I definitely want to make that trip,” Bigelow said. “I have no idea when I could make that happen, but you listen when OU says they’re interested.”
Bigelow said he embraced all the added attention this season, saying it made him work harder because of the added expectations. Though his team was only 5-5, he said he likes what the program is building. Bigelow finished the season with 20 sacks.
Those kinds of numbers help you get recognized, and it has given Bigelow a welcomed problem as he has been invited to both the Under Armour and U.S. Army All-American combines in January.
With the season completed, Bigelow is ready to hit the road. He’s had his eye on the Auburn-Alabama game this weekend and is hoping he can make it. He has also mentioned being interested in Oregon and Clemson.
“I like them, but again, I don’t have any favorites,” Bigelow said. “It’s way too early to single out anybody. I want to take my time and make the best decision for me. Distance isn’t really a concern for me, but I know it’s going to be a long process.”