Getting Defensive Is His Game

One of the top defensive backs in Georgia is expected to visit Auburn this weekend to see the Tigers face the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Stephenson High School (Ga.) cornerback Demario Minter told Inside The Auburn Tigers that he is planning to visit Auburn this weekend when the Tigers are hosts to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a key SEC Western Division battle.

A 6-0, 180-pound cover corner with sub 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, Minter is considered a prize recruit by many schools around the South looking for an answer for today's bigger, faster wide receivers.

Listing Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Ohio State as schools that he's interested in at this time, Minter notes that he's not likely to make a decision until he makes all his visits. Still, he says defensive ends coach Terry Price and the Tigers have made a big impression on him already.

Like so many prospects before him, Minter says the atmosphere inside Jordan-Hare Stadium is what first attracted him to the Tigers. "When I went down there for the spring game I liked the atmosphere in the stadium," he says. "I liked the facilities and the facility (weight room) that they are building right now. The atmosphere is what caught me."

Through four games this season Minter has equaled his interception totals from a season ago and has nearly surpassed his tackle totals as well. With two interceptions and 30 tackles, the ultra-quick Minter is just five tackles behind his season-ending total as a junior and should easily bypass that in the coming weeks. Also a dangerous return man, Minter is averaging over 10 yards per punt return and 25 yards per kickoff return for Class AAAAA Stephenson.

With the combination of speed and size that Minter possesses, you would assume that he plays offense as well, but that is not the case. With a defensive mentality and a knack for finding the football, Minter has made his home on defense since his sophomore season and wouldn't have it any other way.

"I love playing defense," Minter says. "They say offense sells tickets and defense wins games. I love defense. There's something about playing defense that gets me hyped. Hitting somebody, getting an interception and running it back for a touchdown. Offense, they might get the glory but the defense is a real part of the team."

Also a standout on the track with personal best times of 10.7 in the 100 meters and 21.9 in the 200 meters, Minter has the speed that it takes to come in and compete for a position right away at any college program in the country. One thing that he admits he needs work on is footwork, the thing that usually separates freshman defensive backs from upperclassmen when they arrive on campuses every August for the beginning of fall practice.

"I'm working on staying low in my backpedal and keeping my feet and hips quick," he says. "Those are important for a defensive back. My love for the game keeps me going. That just helps me to work harder and keep working."

Because of that love, college coaches will be working just as hard in the coming months to land his services when signing day rolls around in February.

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