The recruiting season is heating up for defensive end Josh Minton out of Somerset (Ken.) Pulaski Southwestern as he already holds offers from Oklahoma, LSU and many more. The lineman also just picked up a new offer from Ole Miss as well as offers from Clemson and Michigan State. Is there a leader at this point?
"Their (Ole Miss) offensive coordinator talked to my coach and extended the offer," he said. "It's definitely a good school, but I don't know too much about their program. I look forward to learning more about it and seeing how I'd fit in there."
Previous to this Minton had also picked up offers from Clemson and Michigan State.
"Clemson isn't a program I knew a lot about, but I look forward to seeing more from them," he said. "From what I've learned about Michigan State it seems I could get a chance to play early there and that's definitely a plus for them."
With double digit offers on the table, does Minton have any favorites?
"I would probably say Virginia Tech is my favorite, but my options are wide open because I haven't gotten to visit all the schools yet and see what everyone is about," he said. "The Nike Camp was the second time I had been to Virginia Tech and my mom went up and saw all the facilities. I got to talk to coach Wiles and it is always good touching base with him. He's a really nice guy."
With so many offers in hand, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end has been visited by numerous college coaches over the last few weeks with more set to arrive.
"Coach Wiles (Virginia Tech) visited recently and he got to talk to my coach and watched me work out," he said. "This was the first time my coach met him and he enjoyed talking to him and he knew a lot about the game, so he was impressed. That visit stood out."
Of course, Minton has been receiving his share of interest from in-state schools.
"They are both great programs," he said. "I think the fact that Kentucky is getting new coaches means they're getting ready to turn things around. I like Louisville's teamwork and their coaches are close to each other and that's a good thing. I would probably like to hear more from Louisville, they just haven't shown as much interest."
During the offseason, Minton is doing the best he can to help be even more of a leader on his team next season.
"I've done a lot of speed training and I've kicked up on my weight training to get myself ready. I'm seeing definite improvements on my speed," he said. "I hope to prepare and develop leadership skills so that I can be an example on the team. I just want to play as hard as I can on every play next year and of course win the 3A state championship."
This summer Minton plans to attend camps at Alabama, Florida, Virginia Tech and Kentucky.
Currently, the lineman holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, LSU, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ole Miss, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Florida, Purdue and others.
Earning all-state honors, Minton posted 87 tackles, 17 for loss and 13 sacks as a junior.