July 5, 2011

Gladney one of 2013's top talents

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With summer camps starting to wind down, the picture is starting to become a little clearer for the 2013 class. One of the top wide receivers in Ohio for the class is Akron (Ohio) Firestone product Kevin Gladney. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound prospect had an impressive sophomore season and currently finds himself at the number twelve spot in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 rankings. Recently, Gladney finished up camp stops at both Toledo and West Virginia.

"I did good, they really liked me," said Gladney of his performances. "Toledo really liked my 40 (4.51-seconds) and my shuttle and they liked the way I get off the ball and run my routes and stuff."

In addition to Toledo and West Virginia, a pair of Big Ten schools are showing heavy interest in the tall, athletic pass-catcher.

"Michigan State and Ohio State right now (are showing the most interest)," he said. "I don't really know a lot about Michigan State yet but I know a lot about Ohio State. (Ohio State) is a nice school to go to, I like the facilities and everything. I just like the coaches and I like how they represent for Ohio."

The Buckeyes made their way to Firestone High School last year and landed offensive lineman Tommy Brown for the 2011 recruiting cycle. Gladney and Brown have known each other for years and are close friends.

"We actually grew up together," Gladney explained. "We played pee-wee together because I got moved up. Then I came to Firestone and we are like best friends. He just gives me advice about what I need to do to make it to college. He really wants me to come to Ohio State with him."

Gladney's outstanding sophomore season is even more impressive when taking into account it was his first year playing the wide receiver position.

"It was pretty exciting," Gladney said of his sophomore season. "It was actually my first year playing wide receiver. My freshman year I really didn't play wide receiver, I played running back and then I grew two more inches and they moved me to wide receiver and I did good there. Going to these camps has really helped me to learn more about wide receivers."

Brown recently gave Gladney some important advice for how to prepare for practices at the college level.

"He says to keep working because his first day there it was like a training camp," he said. "He had to get up and work out and then go to football practice and it was a training camp and it was really hard so he just says to keep working out."

With camps pretty much over, Gladney now turns his attention to his junior season where he hopes to reinforce his place as one of the elite receivers in Ohio.

"Just to come out strong," he said. "My name is kind of up at the top already and I just need to make sure it stays there. I can't lose what I have going right now so I need to come out, work hard, lead my team, and win games."


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