April 19, 2009
Mincy marvels at Vols' intensity
Tennessee has a track record of landing top-tier defensive backs from the state of Georgia. Deon Grant, Eric Berry and Darren Myles Jr. are just a sample of Rocky Top's robbery of the Peach State talent. 2010 defensive back Jonathan Mincy would add to the ever expanding list and he was in Knoxville on Saturday to check out the Vols. He returned home very impressed by the entire program.
"When I went up there it was a very good environment," Mincy said. "Tennessee is the top school as far as the fans go. They were all hyped and that really impressed me. I talked to coaches and players and I was really impressed by everything. It was a good trip."
Mincy is also receiving interest from Ole Miss, Maryland, Kentucky, Clemson, Auburn and Georgia. Did his trip north on I-75 put Tennessee at the top of his wish list?
"Tennessee is definitely in my top three," Mincy said. "Auburn and Georgia are the other two. Georgia was my childhood team and so I know a lot about them. Auburn came into the picture a couple of weeks ago when I went with my coach for spring practice. I took Mom back last week to show her what it's like and she enjoyed it. Then I visited Tennessee (Saturday) and liked it a lot. It's a good top three."
Mincy credits new Vols assistant Lance Thompson for his interest in Tennessee. Their relationship is blossoming like an azalea in spring and Mincy says his ability to believe and trust in Thompson has been key.
"He started recruiting me last year when he was at Alabama," Mincy said of Tennessee's new linebackers coach. "I've always known that he was a top recruiter. When he moved over to Tennessee then it rolled on from there. He's always been honest and showed interest in me and I feel like he's someone I can trust."
Thompson makes Mincy feel wanted. And wanted is the word Mincy used several times when he talked about the rest of his experience on Saturday.
"It all boils down to the interest surrounding the program," Mincy said. "I felt like they wanted me and the coaches and fans make you feel that way. It felt like another home and like I said, I just felt wanted."
He was accompanied by his mother and uncle to Knoxville. He says that both are close to his recruitment and have an impact on how he feels about each school.
"They go on just about every trip that I go on," Mincy said. "They feel the same way I feel. My mom was really impressed by the academic side of things. That is the first thing she always asks when we go on any trip. They gave her a daily routine for what a Volunteer goes through in the classroom every day. They are really focused on academics just like football and that stood out to her."
Mincy is done taking trips for the rest of the spring. He has his own spring football at the high school level starting next week. He hopes to make a decision on college by the end of the summer.
He's more focused on his final year of high school football, where he feels a state championship is within reach.
"We have everyone coming back," Mincy said. "We came up just short last year and I think that we definitely have a run in us."
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