WR Trey Kilgore, St. Xavier HS (Ohio) - (6-foot-2, 183 pounds)
Ratings: Rivals (3 stars), Scout (3 stars), 247 (3 stars), ESPN (NR)
Other notable offers: Iowa, Boston College, Kentucky
Ohio wide receiver Trey Kilgore made it two commitments in as many days for MSU, announcing his decision on Monday.
He visited last Wednesday after recently receiving an offer, and it didn't take long for Kilgore to determine MSU was where he wanted to be.
Trey Kilgore commits to Michigan State #enqr— Mike Dyer (@MikeDyer) June 25, 2012
Just committed to Michigan State!!! Spartan Nation!!!— Trey Kilgore (@Tk_Kilgore7) June 25, 2012
In Kilgore, MSU is getting a speedy, versatile receiver in the mold of Keshawn Martin. As a junior last season, he had 42 catches for 378 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 34 times for 210 yards and two touchdowns playing a bit of quarterback, as seen in the video above.
There's a bubble screen in that highlight video, so we know he'll fit right into the MSU offense.
Kilgore had offers from almost every school in Ohio other than Ohio State. He has an Iowa offer and was going to visit, but the Hawkeyes recently picked up a second receiver and Kilgore did not end up visiting Iowa City, citing time constraints. But it seemed MSU would be hard to beat after his visit last week. From Scout:
"It came down to Iowa and Michigan State as my final two schools," said Kilgore. "When I visited Michigan State last Wednesday, I couldn't find a thing I didn't like about the school. The campus was great and they are still building on it trying to make the campus even better."
"I got a chance to visit the engineering building while I was there," said Kilgore. "I'm probably going to be majoring in engineering when I get in college and I came away impressed as the building was nice as I got a chance to look around it a little bit. They were very welcoming and gave me cards telling me if I have any questions to please give them a call."
With St. Xavier being in Cincinnati, one would imagine Dantonio and Kilgore had common ground there. Looking at the highlight video, he knows what to do when he's in open space, with a solid burst and moves to break some tackles.
As for his role at MSU, expect him to try to be another Martin. Martin was a three-star quarterback/receiver who committed to MSU before his stock rose. Kilgore has gotten the exposure in Ohio, but not many other places. While Martin didn't fit the mold of a prototypical receiver, he finished with a spectacular career and was drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Texans. MSU will want to get Kilgore into open space and let him work, as they did with Martin.
The versatility could give him a chance to see the field quicker than otherwise. On the other hand, MSU brought in four receivers last season and three the season before. But you can never have too many receivers. It's not a position of need in this class, so getting a receiver the coaches were high on is a good sign.
Kilgore is commit No. 9 in what will be a small 2013 class. While MSU still doesn't have any offensive or defensive linemen, crossing off other positions on the checklist allows more resources to focus on the remaining linemen, so MSU can get the best of what's left