East Lansing, MI— Michigan State's strong run on the recruiting trail continued on Monday when the Spartans received a commitment from one of their top offensive line targets in Princeton (NJ) Hun School 2021 offensive lineman Kevin Wigenton.
Wigenton, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman that can play guard or tackle, said that a couple of weeks after receiving his Spartan offer, he felt that Michigan State was the right school and program for him.
"For a while, I would say about two weeks after I got the offer, I didn't really have my mind made up, but a week and a half or two weeks ago, I just woke up and knew I wanted to go to Michigan State," he said. "I just prayed on it, waited, and talked to a lot of people and just made the decision to commit."
After receiving his Michigan State offer roughly a month ago from Michigan State offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic, Wigenton quickly became one of the Spartans' top offensive line targets for the 2021 class. Wigenton gives Michigan State two offensive line commits as he joins East Lansing (MI) offensive tackle, Ethan Boyd.
Wigenton told Spartan Nation that he saw the coaching staff make him a priority on the recruiting trail and added that he and his parents did take a virtual visit with the coaches.
"Shortly after they offered, the whole staff started texting me and told me they wanted me to come on an official (visit)," he said. "They showed a lot of love to my parents and me and made me feel wanted and like a priority. I did a virtual visit, which lasted about three hours, and it gave me a really good feel for Michigan State."
Following the virtual visit, Wigenton noted that he and his parents enjoyed their time getting to know the staff and the school, "They loved it. We all liked it."
With his relationship with Kapilovic, Wigenton said that he feels his relationship with the Spartan offensive line coach has grown in a big way and added that their conversations go beyond just football.
"It's grown tremendously," he said. "When he first offered me, we talked about football and getting ready for college, and now it's just become more about family and life in general and just how things are going."
It's been an impressive run on the recruiting trail for the Spartans for the past three weeks. Mel Tucker's Spartans have gone from zero commitments to eight commitments in the 2021 class in the past 20 days.
Wigenton said that before Oak Park running back, Davion Primm became Michigan State's first commitment, he thought he might be the first Spartan pledge. He added that after seeing the 2021 recruiting class grow in recent days and weeks, he was ready to decide to commit.
"So really, three weeks ago, that's when I knew I wanted to commit, I was ready to be the first commit of the class," he said. "Davion (Primm) committed first, and I texted him, and I told him there's a good chance that I'll be blocking for you, and I'm going to commit. I saw that there was just a rush of commitments and it came fast and our interest in them built quicker and their (interest) did in us. I saw the quarterback commit (Hampton Fay), and once I saw the class had eight commits and how quick it was building, I just wanted to be a part of it and help recruit."
With plenty of room still left in Michigan State's 2021 class, Wigenton said that he intends on recruiting Jacksonville (FL) Bishop Kenny 2021 center Michael Myslinski to try and get him to join him in East Lansing. Wigenton's teammate in high school 2022 offensive tackle Jacob Allen, who has a Spartan offer and found out about it from Wigenton, is also another player he plans on trying to recruit to Michigan State.
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