Minton Talks Recruiting

Pulaski (KY.) Southwestern defensive end Josh Minton had heard the rumors involving a possible early commitment. On Sunday night, he made sure to clear that situation up.

"No, I haven't committed anywhere," Josh Minton said laughing. "I'm not even close, really. I actually can't believe that you had heard that." The Somerset (Ky.) native posted an impressive junior campaign, collecting 87 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

"I'd say I'm more wide open than I have ever been at any point," Minton explained. "I'm just open to the process and going through evaluations.

The 6-foot-4, 245 pound Minton had been reportedly favoring the Virginia Tech Hokies, out of a strong pool of scholarship offers that include Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma, Purdue, Kentucky, LSU, Florida, Clemson, Ole Miss and Michigan State.

"I wouldn't even say I have a favorite anymore," Minton said. "I like all the schools the same right now and I'm not favoring anyone in particular. I would say, however, the main ones I'm looking at are Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Virginia Tech and Florida."

Perhaps the reason why Minton has held off on commenting on a leader, is the renewed spirit of the in-state schools, Louisville and Kentucky, whom according to Minton have 'picked it up' on their recruitment of late.

"You could definitely say the in-state schools have picked it up," Minton added. "They never really were behind because of offering later, it was just a matter of getting more interest from other schools, but they've really picked up." Minton, in fact, spent the weekend in Louisville for the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game to watch good friend, Lee Renfro. He took an unofficial visit to the Louisville campus while he was there. "It was a great visit," Minton said. "We didn't do anything special, just took a tour of the campus and saw the facilities. I thought everything was as expected. I definitely liked what I saw and Louisville is definitely going to be there till the end."

Kentucky could be as well; "I always rooted for the Wildcats," Minton exclaimed. "That's not to say it's the best place for me, but I've always wanted to see them do well. I like their new coaching staff and coach (Chuck) Smith. I think the future is looking bright for them."

Virginia Tech, however, would still be considered the team to beat from previous interviews. The Hokies were the first to offer the Bluegrass standout and the defensive schemes and history have impressed the senior-to-be.

"They are a great program and they have great coaches who know and understand the game," Minton described. "My mom went up with me last time I went up to Blackburg so I think she's comfortable with them as one of my choices."

"Defensively, I don't think it gets much better as far as developing defensive line prospects for the future."

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