Gaston gets it done for NW Mississippi

One of the bigger tight end prospects in the JUCO ranks this fall is Northwest Mississippi's Josh Gaston (6-3, 270). He's an excellent blocker and this year he hopes to show that he can be just as much of a threat in the passing game as well...

Gaston enjoyed a solid prep career at Olive Branch (Ms.) High School and, at least for a while, he was considered a non-qualifier, however, after further research was done, he actually was fully qualified.

"I went to Hargrave Military Academy and when I got there, they actually looked at my transcripts and said there was a mistake on it and I actually was qualified," Gaston told "It took a couple of days, but eventually, the NCAA came back and said I was a qualifier."

Even with that cleared up, Gaston decided to stay at Hargrave and played there in 2011 before enrolling at Northwest Mississippi last year.

As a freshman, Gaston played both an H-back and a true tight end role for the Rangers, using his outstanding blocking ability to be a real factor int he running game while putting up modest totals as a receiver.

"They didn't use me much in the passing game because they didn't need me there as much as they did as a blocker, but I still had even catches for 77 yards and a touchdown," Gaston said. "This year I think I will get a lot more looks as a receiver and that should help my numbers."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Gaston is still waiting on his first offer, but he has heard from a couple of schools.

"This spring I talked a little bit with Memphis and Middle Tennessee, but it wasn't anything too serious, at least at this point," Gaston said. "There were a lot of schools that came through and watched practice, but right now, it hasn't been too busy."

Gaston hopes to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 season.

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