Minton 'surprised' by high interest

Pulaski Southwestern prospect Josh Minton has received a number of impressive scholarship offers throughout spring. The defensive lineman recently spoke with InsidetheVille.com about the recruiting process and the absence of an offer from Louisville.

Defensive end Josh Minton began turning heads as a junior at Pulaski Southwestern High School when he totaled 87 tackles and 13 sacks and was chosen as an All-State performer. However, despite the solid season of a year ago, Minton is quick to admit that the level of interest that he has received is more than expected.

"It's still pretty shocking really," Minton explained. "I didn't really expect it to be like this. It took me by surprise."

He may have not expected it, but college coaches from around the southeast and midwest were aware of his abilities and are quickly throwing their programs into the mix.

A written offer from Florida arrived on Thursday, pushing his scholarship count to thirteen. Minton now holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky.

"When it first started, we talked about me staying close to home," said Minton. "That has definately changed because of the type of school's recruiting me."

One school absent from his offer sheet is in-state Louisville, where Minton and his teammates will participate in the Cardinals 7-on-7 tournament later this spring.

"I really like the coaching staff there," said Minton, who has made one unofficial visit to U of L. "I don't know why that haven't offered yet, but if they were to offer it would definately turn my head."

Minton will begin getting a closer look at some of the school's expressing high interest in him throughout the remainder of the spring. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Minton plans on camping at Virginia Tech and Florida, as well as a couple others.

"I want to try and make it to Alabama and Oklahoma as well," added Minton, who will also participate in passing leagues at Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville, Western Kentucky and possibly Vanderbilt.

Minton, who is currently working in the weight room five days a week, is keeping an open mind about his possible college choice and is looking for the best fit.

"I just want to do what's best for me," Minton said.


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