Josh Jelesky Discusses Decision

Josh Jelesky, a defensive end from Naperville-Central, (Ill.), pulled the trigger during the weekend with his verbal to Vanderbilt. Jelesky talks about his decision.

"I committed to Vanderbilt Sunday evening," said Josh Jelesky from Naperville, (Ill.). "I called coach [Bobby] Johnson from home and told him I would like to play for him at Vanderbilt."

"Coach Johnson was very excited. He was happy to hear it. He was just overall excited."

Jelesky talked of his reasons for selecting the Commodores.

"Academically it's an amazing school to go to," he said. "Their campus is great. I fell in love with the school. It's right in the middle of Nashville. It's like its own town."

"I have been down there about four times. I was down there for an unofficial visit two weeks ago. I went to their camp in early June as well."

"When I went down there and talked to the coaches I felt coach [Rick] Logo and coach [Bruce] Fowler would help me grow as a player. I liked their style of coaching, and I feel I will fit in with their defense."

"I really like coach Logo and coach Fowler. I have been in contact with them a lot. Coach Logo is a funny guy. He always has a positive attitude. Coach Fowler is a great guy and coach."

"I got to know coach [Andy] Frank and coach [Michael] Hazel. They are all really great guys. I got to know them, and I felt comfortable around them."

"They recruited me as defensive end. I am 6-6, 230-pounds. They weren't really worried about my weight. They said some of their starters now are around 230-240-pounds. They are not too concerned about it now."

"I am fast. I have good quickness. I can use my height as an advantage to leverage myself around players. I know it will be different in college."

"I am mainly trying to improve my pass rushing. Before this summer and attending summer camps nobody had really taught me how to pass rush. I had just gone on from what I picked up. I have got a lot better from the camps I attended."

Jelesky recorded 97 tackles and four sacks during his junior season. He received a handful of offers before deciding for the SEC.

"I had received offers from Northwestern, Hawaii, Wyoming, Central Michigan and Akron," he said. "I am pretty much finished with my visits. I am happy with the decision I made. I can relax a few weeks before the season starts."


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