Cats Interested in JUCO?

In the SEC you can never have enough help on the defensive front. Kentucky has gone the JUCO route for help in the past and it could happen again this season.

In the SEC you can never have enough help on the defensive front. Kentucky has gone the JUCO route for help in the past and it could happen again this season.

The interior line may be the hardest position in college football to recruit. Kentucky has managed to develop several players for this role, but they can still use additional help. One player they may have an interest in is Tony Gillespie of Coffeyville Community College (KS.).

"There are alot of people showing him interest," said Darian Dulin, head coach of Coffeyville. "Everybody in the country is kind of interested. Schools like Oklahoma," he continued. Even Kentucky? "Yes, he has (heard from Kentucky). I'm not sure if they are officially recruiting him or not," said Dulin.

At 6-foot-2, 315-pounds, Gillespie takes up a lot of space on the defensive front, but he's not just a big body. "He's got great get-off on the snap," said Dulin. "He's explosive. He's a good run-stopping tackle. He uses his hands well," Dulin continued.

Gillespie verballed to Kansas State coming out of high school, but academics led him to Coffeyville. There have also been some other issues. "He's had two knee surgeries," said Dulin. "He's got to get his legs underneath him."

Still, Gillespie had a very good season. "He played really well. He was first team all-conference. He was probably the best defensive tackle in the league," said Dulin.

So when should we expect some movement? "He'll probably make his decision in January," said Dulin. "He will graduate in May and leave this summer for where ever he signs."

Tony Gillespie is a three-star prospect according to Scout.com.


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