Kentucky adds Walk-On Junior College Quarterback

<i>Inside Kentucky</i>'s Jared Bonshire has learned that UK has officially added a new junior college walk-on in Josh Vanlue from Salem (OR). The former JC gun-slinger has not played a down of football in two years, but is fully capable of fighting for playing time.

According to Jared Bonshire at Inside Kentucky, the Wildcats have added a new gunslinger to their roster this fall.

Josh Vanlue, whom is a bit of an unknown at this point, has been confirmed to Inside Kentucky as the walk-on quarterback from Salem (OR) that has been causing quite a stir in skeleton drills this summer according to one source on the football team.

At 6'5 230 pounds, Vanlue has the size to play quarterback at the next level, but has not played football since high school because of injury.

"I went down to Foothill Junior College and got hurt the second week I went down there," Vanlue told Inside Kentucky Sunday. "I had elbow surgery and then came out the next spring and got hurt again."

"I figured I was pretty much done," Vanlue added. "I was about to give up and concentrate on something else."

But as great stories always go, their was that one last chance.

"Coach Hill at Elite 11 got in contact with me, and put me in the Air Alert camp, which had some guys like Erik Ainge (Tennessee), Eddie Stamm (Oregon State), and David Johnson (Tulsa) there."

"I went down there and worked out and apparently I had impressed some people and with Coach Brooks' contacts up in the Northeast, he heard about me and offered me a chance to come down to Kentucky," Vanlue continued.

And the rest as they say, is history.

"I'm real excited about Kentucky; you know I've been out for two years, but I am excited about the chance to show what I can do."

Out of high school he was labeled one of the best prospects in the state of Oregon after throwing for 1600 yards and 15 touchdowns in only 8 games as a junior. He completed over 55% of his passes his junior season and followed that up with an even more impressive senior season as he ended his playing career for the South Salem Saxons as a first team all-league QB selection, co-offensive player of the year, second team all-state QB, and third team all-state Punter. Power Bar also selected him to the All Northwest team his senior season.

According to his father, Idaho State and Hawaii recruited him very hard out of high school.

"I wasn't a big time recruit or anything like that," the Salem (OR) native stated. "I was just #2 on everybody's list and never really got an offer."

"I trusted the Lord and just had faith in myself that things would turn around."

Josh received two varsity letters in football, and three in basketball and baseball out of high school.

"I am a pocket passer, but I move pretty well."

Asked how he thought of Lexington compared to Salem;

"It's a little hot here, the humidity especially. But I like it a lot, the people are nice and I like our team."

Asked about the upcoming year, Vanlue was very excited about his future at UK.

"We're coming around, I think we are gonna turn it around and surprise some people this year. We've got a real good incoming freshmen class and some good people coming back."

"We're gonna get people talking about football, again."


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