Josh Minton is the Wildcats 27th public verbal for 2006 class. The SW Pulaski Co. (Ky.) senior decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on a commitment, following his visit to Virginia Tech and prior to his scheduled visit to UK on Saturday.
"I would say Kentucky is a program on the rise," said Minton in an early interview. "They have good coaches, and I think that they are making more of the position changes that will help them, like going back to the 4-3 defense. You have to match your personnel to your defense, and I think they have realized that now and have switched it up."
Despite being double-teamed throughout the year, Minton nearly equalled his record breaking junior season that included 13 sacks. On the year, he had 84 tackles and 9 sacks in being named to his second straight all-state team. He currently holds the school record for tackles for a loss with 21.
"I think Kentucky has always been on the list," Minton explained. "You know, it's pretty much all Big Blue down in Somerset. I always rooted for the Wildcats. I've always wanted to see them do well. I like their new coaching staff and coach (Chuck) Smith. I think the future is looking bright for them."
Minton is a big, quick linemen with good footwork. He blocks and tackles equally well. He's a student of the game and seldom makes mistakes.
"None of this attention has gone to his head," Southwestern coach Dale Anderson said. "He's very grounded. He's focused on our team and is just a great kid to be around. Not everybody could handle all this attention and remain the same, but he has."
The senior to be had offers additionaly from schools across the country, from Florida to Louisville to Alabama. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-4, 235 pound prospect the 24th best Defensive End in the country and a 4-star recruit.