'Cats Land JC O-Lineman

'Cats Land JC O-Lineman

The Wildcats have finally added a junior college offensive lineman as former Southaven (Ms.) High School star recruit, Josh Winchell (6-5 325), made it official for Kentucky this afternoon.

"Yes sir, I did make a verbal commitment to Kentucky this afternoon," Winchell said. "I'm leaving tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock (for my official visit) and I will be heading to school the day after I graduate."

Josh Winchell's path to Lexington is a unique one. A former high school prep star, Winchell was recruited by seemingly everyone across the map. Tennessee, Michigan, Nebraska, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis and Mississippi State were just a handful of contenders that offered scholarships for Winchell's services in 2004.

Eventually the 6-foot-5, 315 pound offensive lineman chose South Carolina and Lou Holtz.

Unfortunately for Winchell, Holtz would end up leaving after his redshirt freshmen year and so would the Mississippi standout. After two years at Northwest CC in Senatobia (Miss.), he'll finally get his chance to play in the SEC, again.

"I bring a mean streak," Winchell said. "I like to play with a passion and get after it. My goal was to play in the SEC and get back to the SEC and I am excited to get back up there and play."

"The main thing I'm gonna bring is experience," Winchell added about his commitment. "I've been through a lot more than most college students, let's put it that way. I'm gonna bring some maturity to the team."

A December graduate, the junior college o-lineman will sign in the early signing period and will be able to enroll in school in January. With Kentucky practicing for bowl preparations, he could legitamately join the Wildcats for practice. It is unknown, in what capacity.

"They were talking about playing me at guard or center," Winchell said. "I like the idea of playing center, ya know, I played there my first year of junior college and I liked it, alot."

With limited years allowed for participation, the Wildcats are gambling on the fact that Winchell can step in and play on the offensive line immediately. With only 2 years to play 2, there is a lot of pressure on the Mississippi native to make his mark.

"They think I can come in and start," Winchell said. "That's my goal, no doubt."

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