Many players that were on hand for Auburn's embarrassing 31-7 defeat to Alabama have praised the Tiger fans for their loyalty in sticking with their team through tough times. One of those is lightning-quick cornerback Demario Minter from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.
A 6-0, 180-pound defensive stopper for his team, he has four interceptions, 50 tackles, and 25 pass breakups for 9-2 Stephenson, including four in a 33-18 first round playoff win last week against South Gwinnett. Also an outstanding return man who averages 25 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown and 10 yards on punt returns, it's no wonder that schools from all over the country are trying to get him to take a visit. Even so, Minter says that he's already narrowed his choices down to a select five schools.
"Right now I have set up official visits to Georgia (Jan. 11), North Carolina (Jan. 18), Clemson (Jan. 22), Auburn (Jan. 25), and Maryland (Dec. 15)," he notes. "Clemson is going to be a mid-week visit. I don't have a leader because all of them are recruiting me hard. It's about equal."
While they are all equal, it's obvious that Auburn has made a big impression on Minter when he has visited the Plains. On hand for the A-Day game last spring as well as two games this fall, the speedster says that he loves the atmosphere inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on game days. He notes that he especially likes the fans and the excitement they have for their team before, during and after the game.
"The first game I went to was Mississippi State," he notes. "I went to the game and I said ‘alright, I can see myself playing here.' But when I came back for the Auburn-Alabama game, I was convinced. I was like ‘I really do like it here.' It was just amazing. The atmosphere was great. I really liked it. The fans were unbelievable."
Planning to wait until after his visit to Auburn in late January before making a decision, Minter says that he wants to see what all the schools have to offer in terms of both athletic and academic programs that he is interested in.
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. That's what makes him one of the top defensive back prospects not only in Georgia, but in the entire Southeast.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Not the only standout player for Stephenson High, Minter has the luxury of having one of the top defensive ends in the South to put pressure on the quarterback. A four-year starter at defensive end, 6-3, 230 pound, Brandon Cannon is being courted by some of the top schools in the country. Listing Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, and Central Florida as his schools of choice right now, look for Cannon to give the Tigers a serious look with his teammate also checking out Auburn. Being recruited by defensive ends coach Terry Price for the Tigers, Cannon says that he really likes Price and the entire Auburn staff. "He's a really cool guy, a very down to earth person. I like that." Cannon has an official visit set for Auburn the weekend of January 4.