Kilgore likes MSU, plans Iowa visit

Four teams have separated themselves from the pack for Trey Kilgore (Cincinnati/St. Xavier), but one of those four programs is also putting some distance between itself and the others.

Following an offer from Michigan State last week and a trip to East Lansing on Wednesday, the Spartans sit on top of the 6-foot-2, 175-pound receiver's list.

“It was a big and beautiful campus. I loved it,” Kilgore said after camping with the Spartans. “I got to visit the engineering building, which is one of the things I’m interested in majoring in.

“There’s nothing I could say that was wrong with [the visit] or think they should improve on. I have nothing bad to say about the school.”

In order, Iowa, Boston College and Kentucky trail the Spartans.

The Hawkeyes are also one of Kilgore’s more recent offers, and he plans to make it to Iowa City before making a decision, which he expects to do before the season starts. He also wants to talk with the Iowa staff again after hearing St. Louis athlete Derrick Mitchell Jr. committed Thursday.

The issue Kilgore has run into is the distance to Iowa, as well as Boston College.

“I’ve been talking to the coaches a lot, trying to get a date as to when I can come and visit their school. It’s hard because they’re so far away,” he said of Iowa. “He understands how stressful and busy this can get, especially with me trying to visit all my top four schools and everything. Michigan is four hours away and BC is 14 and Iowa is eight. That’s mainly what we’ve been talking about: When can I schedule a day and see what they're all about and talk to the coaches a little bit.”

One team that should not be ruled out is Toledo. Kilgore said the Rockets are without question his No. 5 team and a backup program should anything happen during his senior season.

A projected receiver, St. Xavier coach Steve Specht, who will coach the U.S. Under-19 National Team this summer, is asking Kilgore to work out at quarterback this summer, too. A Wildcat quarterback in 2011, Kilgore will be asked to play a bigger role under center in 2012.

“I’m out there throwing a couple of balls but mainly working on receiver because that’s what I’m going to be playing in college,” Kilgore said, “but I’m doing whatever is best for the team.”