Miami Visitor: DE Josh Minton

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Pulaski Southwestern (Somerset, KY) defensive end Josh Minton received a surprise last Friday, when two Virginia Tech coaches attended his game. Pulaski Southwestern head coach Dale Anderson said he and Josh were both impressed by the staff’s appearance.

“Coach Beamer and Coach Wiles flew in on Friday for our game,” Anderson said. “They had a big win on Thursday, so I’m sure they have a lot more on their mind than coming to our game on Friday. Josh enjoyed them being here. It made a big statement.”

Anderson, who has connections with several members of Virginia Tech’s coaching staff, met with Beamer and Wiles on Friday.

“They just came in and talked,” Anderson said. “We talked about old times. Most of those guys were at Murray State when I was here. In fact, I think Bud Foster is from here.”

The 6-4, 250-pound Minton will return the favor this weekend, when he travels to Blacksburg for the Miami game. According to Anderson, the visit is unofficial.

At this point, it appears the Hokies are in good shape with the talented defensive lineman.

“I think Virginia Tech’s still at the top of the heap,” Anderson said. “There’s not really any doubt in my mind about that.”

Other programs in the mix include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky and Louisville, among others. Anderson says Minton may have already set official visits with three of those schools.

“He’s got some official visits set,” Anderson said. “He’s going to Auburn and Alabama for sure. Maybe Clemson, too.”

Are any in-state programs heavily in the mix?

“We’ll see what happens with Kentucky,” Anderson said. “Josh has always been a big Kentucky fan, so we’ll see what happens with them after the season.”

The Season…

Pulaski Southwestern is in the midst of another good season. After finishing the regular season at 6-4, it heads into the first round of the playoffs this week. On Friday night, it takes on an 8-2 North Bullitt squad.

Minton is having an outstanding senior season.

“He’s playing awesome,” Anderson said. “He broke our sack record already. He’s still going out every night and getting a lot of tackles. We really couldn’t ask much more from Josh as a player and as a leader.”

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