2008 DT hearing from Tech

There are a number of good junior linemen emerging on to the recruiting scene from the "Sooner State", but there are not many 300 pound guys that are versatile enough to line up at running back. Jenks DT Tony Gillespie has those types of skills. The Texas Tech coaching staff has been in contact with Tony, but are the Red Raiders high on his list? Come inside to find out.

Tony Gillespie, a 6-foot-0, 295-pound defensive tackle from Jenks High in Okla., is receiving an abundance of early recruiting interest.

"I am hearing a lot from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, UCLA, Iowa State and Colorado," Gillespie said of his early recruiting interest. "I do not yet have an offer, but a lot of the schools are writing me and asking me to come out to their schools to see games."

Gillespie is a load in the middle of the Trojan defense, but as a sophomore he also had the chance to tote the rock on offense as one of the feature backs. He believes that his speed is one of the reasons he is considered as a top defender.

"I definitely think my quickness is one of my biggest strengths," he began. "There are not that many 300-pound guys that can run a 4.8 or 4.9 forty. I definitely use that to my advantage."

"A lot of people compare my game to Warren Sapp, but I would say that I try to pattern my game after a player like Tommie Harris. He is a quick defensive tackle."

Gillespie has taken advantage of some of the school invitations to attend games for unofficial visits.

"I have been to OSU and Norman for games," Gillespie informed. "They both had some great facilities."

It is early in the process, but Gillespie is paying close attention to two schools in particular.

"I would say that Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are standing out a little right now," he reported. "I am really liking OSU a lot right now. They told me that they are losing four defensive tackles and they may have a nice opportunity to see some early playing time."

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