Now that his season is complete, Coffeyville DT Tony Gillespie (6-2, 315) has turned his focus to…
Two offers on the table for Coffeyville DT
Gillespie prepped at Jenks (Tulsa, Ok.) High School, one of the big power programs in the mid-west, and signed with Kansas State over offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Tulsa, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas among others. However, he had some qualifying issues and decided to enroll at College of the Canyons out in southern California to play ball, but instead he greyshirted in 2008 and then headed back closer to home to play ball for Coffeyville.
"They always get guys moved on to the next level and I really liked the staff here a lot," Gillespie said. "We always have a lot of big time programs coming in and watching our games, so I know if I performed well, I'd have another chance at playing D-1 football."
As a freshman playing defensive tackle last fall, Gillespie was solid inside for the Red Ravens, notching 61 tackles, 11 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles while earning All-Conference honors for his efforts.
"Me and Sylvester Williams were teamed together and we played well, but this year we had Robert Thomas come in and he plays basically the same position, so my coaches asked me to move outside," Gillespie said. "I was more than happy to do it because I want to win and I figured we would have a better chance if we all played together and did well"
The experiment has appeared to pay off for Coffeyville after Gillespie had a solid spring and has continued to look good during camp.
"I spent a lot of time watching film this summer to help me get better," Gillespie said. "I also worked on my conditioning because I want to be in tip-top shape so I can go as hard at the end of games that I can at the beginning."
Gillespie is on pace to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
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