The recruiting process got off to a bit of a slow start for Kevin Gladney (Akron, Ohio/Firestone) after picking up his first offer in early December, but a run of offers over the last few weeks has Gladney closing in on double digits.
Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Purdue and Vanderbilt have all offered the 6-foot-1, 173-pound receiver recently.
Purdue was one of the latest to offer, extending a scholarship to Gladney on April 5.
“I was talking to coach [Danny] Hope in the car, nice coach,” Gladney said. “He knows how to make you feel good when talking to him. [He likes] my speed, that I can catch the deep balls and everything. The [receivers] he has right now, they don’t do that like me.”
Vanderbilt was the first of those teams previously mentioned to extend an offer to Gladney, who also sports offers from Akron, Michigan State and Nebraska. Gladney said he talks with Commodores receivers coach Josh Gattis every once in a while.
“He was basically saying I can come there and play my freshman year,” Gladney said, “and that I’m an outstanding wideout and can contribute to the team.”
Gladney does not have any favorites but said Nebraska is a team to look out for and could visit sometime soon.
“I’m looking forward to see if their school fits me, how the offense runs, how the second-string players and the third-string players are all treated,” Gladney said.
Three teams that could also offer soon are Arizona State, Illinois and Penn State, Gladney said.