Harrellson on his UK recruiting experience

Kentucky Sports Report caught up with Josh Harrellson, who earlier this week became the fourth signee for Coach Billy Gillispie's Wildcats in the class of 2008. Harrellson gives KSR readers insight into his recruitment, and the decisionmaking process that saw the freshman narrow down a long list of suitors to just two in short order.

Kentucky received a Letter of Intent from JUCO big man Josh Harrellson. Harrellson took a moment to speak with the Kentucky Sports Report about his decision to become the fourth member of the 2008 recruiting class.

After originally signing with Western Illinois during his senior and eventually settling in at Southwestern Illinois College as a freshman, Josh Harrellson will finally play division one basketball. After visiting Kentucky two weeks ago and then visiting St. Louis this past weekend, Harrellson came to a decision.

"I made (my decision) Tuesday," Josh said.

Coach Gillispie and Coach Cox had plans to come and make an in-home visit to the St. Charles native. They had no idea that Josh was about to make his decision.

"They had an in-home visit scheduled with me. They didn't know I was committing until they got here. I wanted to tell them face to face," said Josh.

Initially, Harrellson had several schools inquiring about his services. But things slowed down a bit in the end.

"Those two (Kentucky and St. Louis) were the only ones that talked to me and talked to my coaches," said Harrellson. "I didn't hear anything from the other head coaches," he continued. "I just wanted to talk to the schools that recruited me most."

Gillispie and the staff made a positive impression on Josh and the fans also made an impact.

"It's the fans (that sold me on Kentucky) I guess. I've built a great relationship with Coach Gillispie and Coach Cox in a short amount of time," said Harrellson.

Gillispie also gave a preview to Josh of how he'd fit in to the team.

"He said I'd probably start. If I don't start, it's my fault. Me and Pat would play side by side," he said. Harrellson scored 14 points per game this year for SWIC and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Josh will be a sophomore this upcoming season. Harrellson said he should be arriving on campus around June 2nd for summer school.

Harrellson will join Kevin Galloway, Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins in Wildcats 2008 class.


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