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It was hard to watch any given television station’s Friday night high school highlight package last season without seeing St. Xavier junior Trey Kilgore making big plays.
The Bomber was one of the Tri-state’s most prolific playmakers in 2011. Kilgore enters his senior season with 69 receptions, 756 receiving yards, 969 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns.
He enters his senior campaign as big part of St. Xavier’s plan to defend their regional championship and bid to another state title.
Kilgore looks forward to taking his game to another level in 2012 and really is working hard this offseason to improve as a receiver and become better at breaking tackles after the catch. He knows that being senior means new responsibilities.
“This coming year I will be a senior and I think a big part/quality of every good player is leadership not only on the field but off the field as well,” Kilgore claimed.
College recruiters have taken notice as the senior-to-be recently picked up a pair of offers Akron and Kent State. He has other schools also expressing interest.
“I have made one unofficial visit to Illinois,” Kilgore said. “I plan on visiting Northwestern, Michigan, and possibly one or two more schools if possible.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete was used as a wide receiver, running back, and quarterback last year for St. Xavier. The Bombers’ coaching staff does whatever they can to get the ball in his hands. Kilgore just keeps getting better. His mental approach is still evolving.
“There is always going to be adversity no matter how good you are and you can never sit around and sulk or pout,” Kilgore said of his lessons learned a junior. “You just have to gather yourself together, learn from it, and keep going.”
Last year’s St. Xavier overcame adversity on their way to a state semi-final appearance. However, the team was hit hard by graduating leaving questions about the team heading into the season.
“What I like most about this year’s team is that every single one of us comes out with a purpose and we're all focused,” he added. “That focus and mindset is winning state.”
That mindset is instilled in all St. Xavier players from the top with head coach Steve Specht. Kilgore credits his coach for much of his success and for helping him shape him both physically and mentally.
“He has always given me a chance to prove myself and no matter what happens,” Kilgore said of his coach. “If I ever have a problem I know I can go to him for advice with problems that I have personally that doesn't concern football, and he's always there.”
FINAL TAKE: Kilgore’s versatility makes him a great asset for the Bombers and a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. If he continues to develop the aspects of his game he has the potential to make a big impact at the next level.
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