They are the best of the best. The players that are wanted by every program and destined to make a big impact at the college level and beyond.
Rivals.com has identified the first five-star prospects for the 2013 class and is unveiling them this week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time and we will profile two each day. The next player to receive the five-star spotlight is Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian defensive end Kenny Bigelow.
Five stars: Kenny Bigelow
Bigelow battled double-teams and collected 15 sacks as a junior.
Kenny Bigelow, DE, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian
Attributes: 6-3, 280 pounds, 4.8 40
Top schools: Bigelow committed to USC in late November.
Scouting report: Bigelow is a massive defensive lineman with no bad body weight and room to add to his already big frame. He is very powerful in his upper and lower body, explosive off the snap and is relentless in pursuit. He is a very rare athlete for a big man and is still learning the technical side of things so it will be scary to see how good he can be when he puts it all together. Bigelow has quickness to the outside, a tremendous bull-rush and the foot speed to track down quarterbacks. He is also stout against the run and strong at the point of attack.
Analyst's take: "First you start off with the physical tools. You won't find a better-looking defensive end/tackle prospect on the hoof as Bigelow is well proportioned with no bad weight. He has a very powerful base, but also a barrel chest and he is so physically strong he can simply overpower opponents. Add in his work ethic, motor, quickness and ability to run plays down and you have a special prospect at his position that is still learning the game." - Mike Farrell, National Analyst, Rivals.com
Why he's a five-star: "Big men are coveted in college football and beyond and big men who could play any position along the line of scrimmage are rare. Bigelow can be an end in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme or he can move inside to tackle and even play nose if he had to. He can play any technique along the line and his combination of power, speed and athleticism is rare. He is still raw and learning things each day, but his ceiling is sky high." - Mike Farrell, National Analyst, Rivals.com
His coach says:- "Kenny has a great motor, he's very athletic for his size and he has a rare combination of lower and upper body strength and uses both effectively. He also has very good balance for a big man which is rare. He continues to improve his technique and he has become excellent at shedding blockers and escaping. He did some club wrestling last year which really helped him in that aspect. I think he'll play defensive tackle at USC and he could either trim down to 280 pounds to add speed or he could bulk up to over 300 to add mass. He can do it all." -- Red Lion coach Dwayne Thomas
Odds and ends: Bigelow had 15 sacks as a junior and was dominant all over the field for his team despite double teams….He is committed to USC along with 2015 quarterback prospect David Sills, who was offered as a seventh grader by Lane Kiffin…Bigelow visits sick children at the hospital where his mom works….Bigelow has a 3.5 GPA from his junior year….Bigelow plays for Red Lion Christian Academy, one of the most successful programs in recent Delaware history in producing D-I prospects.
NFL player comparison: Trent Cole, Philadelphia Eagles