JUCO safety gets Louisville offer

Andrew Gladness is one of the top junior college safety prospects in the nation. He's already received four scholarship offers, including one from Louisville. And while he's getting heavy interest from the Cardinals, Louisville isn't the only big time program coming after him.

Andrew Gladness, originally from Goose Creek-Stratford, (S.C.), has spent the past year at Lackawana Community College in Scranton, (Penn.). The former prep star has received four scholarship offers and is receiving interest from across the country.

"I have received offers from Louisville, Arkansas State, Wisconsin and Kansas State," said Andrew Gladness. "I am receiving interest from a lot of other schools but, those are the main ones. Louisville sends me mail almost every other day."

"Schools like South Carolina, Oklahoma and USC are showing interest as well. USC wants me as a cornerback but, I told them I am almost up to 200-pounds. I know they have already picked up a safety in this year's class."

Florida was his dream team coming out of high school and the chance to play for coach Ron Zook. Gladness was recruited by coach Zook after his arrival at Illinois.

"Coach Zook really wanted me at Illinois," Gladness said. "I found out I had to go to Juco. I was heading to Butler Community College on scholarship but, their coach left. I really didn't know what to do. I got in touch with Mr. [Bob] Lichtenfels [Scout.com Northeast recruiting analyst]. He told me about Lackawana. I sent my highlight film to them. They got back in touch with me and said I had a scholarship to come there."

Gladness remains interested in the Gators despite the departure of the former coach. Several other schools have his attention as well.

"I'm still waiting on Florida," he said. "I want to see what they are going to do. Clemson is recruiting me very hard. I am real interested in them. Auburn has sent me some mail. I wouldn't mind going there. Mississippi State and Ole Miss are schools I am interested in as well."

"If I can take a few visits this summer I would like to visit Wisconsin and Kansas State."

Gladness is one of the top sleeper prospects in the country. He split time as a safety his freshman year and improved several aspects of his game.

"I run a 4.4-40 [yard dash] electronically and a 4.3-40 hand time," he said. "I have a 36-inch vertical jump. It used to be 40-inches but, I quit working on it. I recently bench pressed 225-pounds 13 times. I squatted 425-pounds five times."

"The thing that has really stood out to everyone is my standing broad jump. I jumped a 11'-7". My coaches couldn't believe it. I had to ask them if that was good. They told me if the right coaches get a hold of that I could write my own ticket."

Gladness will return to Lackawana in July after spending the past two months at home with his family. He is on pace to graduate.

"I had to come home and work this summer instead of taking class in order for me to graduate in December," he said. "I will graduate in the spring. I have a 2.8 GPA."


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