Mincy Names A Leader

Scout.com three-star cornerback prospect Jonathon Mincy names a leader in the recruiting process.

Decatur, Ga.—Southwest Dekalb High School cornerback Jonathon Mincy visited Auburn on Friday and came away ready to name a leader. Asked where Auburn stands, Mincy responds, "Number one."

The 5-10, 175-pound corner adds that LSU and Georgia are also in his top three. Mincy's Friday visit to Auburn was his third to the Plains this spring.

"It was great," he says. "I was impressed once again. I went with my coach. I got to sit down with the coaches once again and watched film with Coach (Phillip) Lolley and I got to get a feel with Coach (Gene) Chizik. I got to look around in the weight room and that was real nice.

"I just really feel home at Auburn," Mincy continues. "I brought my momma and my uncle down my second visit for them to get a feel for it too, and they really liked it. I'm going to try to bring them down one more time and let them get the feel for it once again. They enjoyed it. If they're okay with it, I'm okay with it. I could see myself at Auburn for four to five years.

"I learned a lot of the history with the DBs," Mincy adds of his unofficial on Friday. "I was very impressed with that, the numbers and how they send a lot of people to the league. I was impressed with that and also academic-wise. I liked that."

Mincy is being recruited by safeties coach Tommy Thigpen and would be coached by Lolley as a cornerback. Head coach Gene Chizik, whose history is as a defensive backs coach and coordinator, also has influence on the secondary. Chizik coached three straight Thorpe Award winners–Carlos Rogers at Auburn and Michael Huff and Aaron Ross at Texas.

"I learned that he also coached Asante Samuel," Mincy says of Chizik. "He really focuses on his DBs and that really meant a lot to me. I was impressed with that."

Mincy is camping at Georgia on Saturday and may return to Auburn for a fourth time on Sunday to participate in the second day of the senior camp.

"I'm going to Tennessee and Vanderbilt next week, and I'm supposed to be going to Ohio State on the 25th (of June)," he says. "After the visits I'm going to sit down and really narrow down my decision, but I really have a spot in my heart for Auburn.

"I'm really trying to narrow down my decision by the end of the summer," Mincy continues. "A decision will come soon."

Mincy's relationship with Thigpen is one of the reasons why Auburn is at the top of his list, and he says he's starting to get familiar with the rest of the staff.

"I get to talk to him about once or twice a week," Mincy says of Thigpen. "I really have a good relationship with him. I'm trying to get a feel for Coach Lolley, too, because he's the corners coach. I'm just seeing how that goes and trying to build a relationship with him because I know I'm going to be around him. I got to meet the strength and conditioning coach (Kevin Yoxall) and that really meant a lot to me also.

"He told me it's going to be hard but it's going to be fair," Mincy adds of Yox. "That's what I'm looking for in a program. I don't want anything to be easy. I want to work for it. I know he's going to give me a fair shot with everything."

Mincy has never been to a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but is planning on doing so this fall.

"I should have gone to the (Auburn) spring game, but I went to the Tennessee game that weekend," he states. "I'm going to try to get back when they start playing. I'm just waiting on the season to start. I haven't really decided yet which games, but I might want to come back for that Bama game. I know that's going to be kind of hyped. I want to see that."

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