Virginia Tech will no doubt be in the market for several top defensive line targets for the 2006 class. The Hokies offered a good one earlier this week in Josh Minton, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end out of Southwestern Pulaski high School in Somerset, Kentucky. Minton was offered by Virginia Tech during an unofficial visit earlier this week.
“They watched the film and immediately they got the interest, so that tells you they know what they need,” Southwestern head coach Dale Anderson said. “I think once they saw him in person that was the selling point for the coaches. He’s real impressive to see in person.”
Minton also has some impressive statistics from his junior season in 2004. An all-state performer, he finished with 87 tackles including 17 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks. Coach Anderson loves Minton’s desire on the football field.
“I think it’s his motor,” Anderson replied when asked what makes Josh a special player. “And you could probably stand him up and play linebacker. That’s the kind of speed, quickness and agility he’s got. But he goes hard every play and I think that’s something they really look at. The film we sent out on him is probably against some of the best programs in the state, so they got to see him against the best. He really kind of takes over a game and that’s hard to do at that position.”
Minton combines size with excellent speed and strength.
“On our clocks here he’s about a 4.7 all the time,” Anderson said. “To be that big and to be able to run that fast is pretty rare. He does run a little track, so I wouldn’t be surprised to watch him get into the high 4.6s. He’s pretty quick. His shuttle runs are usually pretty good too. He usually runs around a 4.5 in the shuttle, which is pretty good for a big guy. As far as his strength he holds the record for linemen here in the clean. He cleans about 320 and I consider that important. He squats about 450 right now and for bench press he’s right over 300.”
A two-year starter at defensive end, Minton has brought steadiness and big-time playmaking ability to the Southwestern defense. Coach Anderson remembers one game in particular where he knew Minton was a star.
“He’s really consistent and he kind of jumps off the film at you,” Anderson said. “When we played Boyle County – who is a five-time state champion – they were double-teaming him the whole night trying to slow him down and it didn’t. I think that was the night I figured out he was pretty daggone...
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