West Virginia’s defensive front added a huge graduate transfer on Saturday.
Former 5-star defensive tackle prospect Kenny Bigelow committed to the Mountaineers after spending the past five seasons at Southern Cal.
Numerous injuries have affected the elite prospect’s career, but he decided to transfer after he was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, according to 247Sports.com.
The Elkton, Md., native will be immediately eligible in 2018.
— Kenny Bigelow (@_mcmxcv__) March 31, 2018
The 6-foot-3, 297-pound Bigelow was one of the best defensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class and the No. 9-ranked high school prospect in the country by 247Sports’ composite rankings.
If he can stay healthy, Bigelow could be a huge asset to a West Virginia squad trying to compete for a College Football Playoff berth in 2018 and lacking depth along its defensive line.
His announcement comes at a great time after West Virginia lost sophomore Lamonte McDougle, who said he intends to transfer.
During Bigelow’s one season at USC where he stayed healthy, he recorded 10 tackles and 3 sacks. He also had 1 pass defended.