Athletic defensive end Josh Minton from Southwestern Pulaski County High has the ability to play early on the collegiate level and at 6-5, 245 with 4.75 speed in the 40-yard dash, his numbers bear that out.
As a junior he made 87 tackles with 17 coming for a loss. He also added 13 sacks from his end position. A three-year starter at defensive end that also sees some time on offense at tight end and tackle, he says that several schools have already made official scholarship offers for next year.
"I have offers from Auburn, Alabama, Virginia Tech, LSU and Western Kentucky," Minton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Right now I would have to say Virginia Tech is my favorite just because they've shown more interest in me. I've talked to their defensive line coach and he's pretty pumped up about me. That's kind of fired me up."
Although not normally a recruiting base for Auburn, the Tigers have gone into Kentucky in recent years to recruit players. This season, in addition to Minton, Auburn is also looking at big Micah Johnson in the state. Minton says that although it's his newest offer, he knows plenty about the Tigers after last season.
"I got an offer from Auburn on Friday," he says. "I know the program has been great the past couple of years. What I like about them is the coaches for coming off a year almost losing their jobs, but staying together as a team and going 13–0. More than likely they should have played for the national championship."
A visitor to Notre Dame's camp last summer where he was named the most valuable defensive lineman, Minton says he plans to attend several one-day camps at some of his favorite schools this time around. When he does he says that teams will see a player capable of making plays off the corner.
"My strength is definitely being aggressive," Minton says. "I use my hands well and I have quick feet. I feel like I can get past any blocker to get to the quarterback."
Like any player, he also has some things he wants to get better at doing before next season. Despite his quickness and a 315-pound bench press, Minton says those are two things he wants to improve before next season begins.
"I definitely want to improve my speed and my strength," Minton says. "I'm pretty strong, but I can always get stronger. Of course, I can always get faster. I would like to get by 40 down in the 4.6 range and my shuttle down to a 4.4."
Minton says he plans to take his time making a decision although he's not sure how long that means. He says when the time comes and when he feels comfortable that's when he'll make his decision known. Until then teams will continue to line up for a player of his caliber.