Jenks, Okla., three-star defensive tackle Tony Gillespie has been working hard in preparation for the start of his senior season. And his season unofficially kicks off later this week when Jenks plays host to Westmoore, Edmond Santa Fe and Enid in the Jenks Preview.
"We look great," he said.
"Everyone is returning on offense. We've got a couple young guys on defense, but we have enough leadership that we should be good. If we keep going and getting better every day like we have been these past few weeks then I'm expecting a state championship."
"I want to win state and be more of a vocal leader on defense. I'm mostly show and tell. I don't really talk that much. I just show it on the field, but I want to be more of a vocal leader this year."
Gillespie, the nation's No. 30 defensive tackle, said he recently received some good news off the field.
"I'm doing great in the recruiting process, and I got invited to the ESPN All-American game," he said. "So I'm pretty happy with how things are going."
When it comes to recruiting, he has offers from Oklahoma State, UCF, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa and several others. There are other schools that are also heavily recruiting him, too.
"Recently Michigan State has been showing me a lot of interest," he said "North Carolina and then other them, it's the same schools – Florida, Kansas State, Oklahoma, LSU and Florida State. But it has been Michigan State and North Carolina the most active lately."
North Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan State and Florida State have not have offered him a scholarship. He also said Texas Tech and Tennessee are teams that are showing interest.
He said when it comes to naming his top schools a few do stand out, but he's also all over the map, too.
"Probably Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Michigan State, Florida State and probably Texas Tech would be up there," he said. "They're all even right now. I'm going to try and get a top three or top five by the third or fourth game of the season. That's my goal."