Talented DB Chooses Chizik's Tigers

Comments from Jonathan Mincy with a highlight video are featured.

Decatur, Ga.--Looking for help at the cornerback position, the Auburn Tigers landed one of the top prospects in the South at that position when Jonathon Mincy committed to Coach Gene Chizik's program over offers from LSU, Tennessee and Maryland among others.

He says for him it was all about the feeling he got at Auburn.

"I just really felt comfortable with the environment there," Mincy tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I really felt the love and the support from the coaches. I didn't get that from a lot of schools.

"That really stood out to me," he adds. "Really having a good relationship with some of the players on the team, I felt comfortable with them. I just felt Auburn was a good fit for me."

Jonathan Mincy plays cornerback for Southwest Dekalb.

One of the biggest things for Mincy was to make sure he got the support and guidance from his head coach. Once that was done and out of the way, Mincy says everything just fell into place with his decision to be a Tiger and one of the reasons why was the new Auburn coaching staff.

"I talked to my head coach and he told me he was okay with me committing as long as it didn't get to the point to where it was a big publicity thing," Mincy says. "He asked me my top school and I told him it was Auburn. He said it was okay with him as long as I was staying focused on the season. I called Coach Thig (Tommy Thigpen) and told him I wanted to commit to Auburn. I talked to him and Coach (Ted) Roof, the defensive coordinator as well.

"They made a big impression on me," he adds. "All of my coaches have know Coach Roof. They also know what Coach Chizik has done and being a good coach, but also having a special relationship with the DBs. That meant a lot to me. Coach Thigpen has shown me the support as well when he could call me. We have a really good relationship. When it came down to it he was really the only coach that showed concern outside of football. That really meant a lot."

Jonathan Mincy

A 5-10, 175 cornerback with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Mincy fills a need for the Tigers at the position in the 2010 class. As a junior he was all over the place for SW Dekalb with 60 tackles and seven interceptions, returning one for a score. He also added two punt returns for touchdowns.

Because of his ability at the position, Mincy says he was looking for a place where he could make an impact. He says that what Chizik brings to the table and his history with defensive backs made him the right choice.

"It made me see I'm not just going to be in the hands of a regular head coach," Mincy says. "This head coach is special enough that he's coached three Jim Thorpe winners. That meant a lot also."

A visitor to Auburn in the winter, during spring practice and again a few weeks ago, Mincy says those trips to the Plains gave him a good feeling about not only the football program, but about the university as a whole. In the end it was one of the things that sold him on Auburn.

"That really meant a lot to me," Mincy says. "I really thank my coach for giving me the opportunity to go the first time during spring practice. The second time I brought my mom and uncle down there so they could see it, too. That really meant a lot and just really having the backup from the coaches."

Now with his decision out of the way, Mincy says he can turn his attention to his senior year and making the team as good as possible his last go-around.

"It means a lot for me to get it done," Mincy notes. "I'm just really trying to stay focused as far as a state championship. Now I can focus on my grades and keep up my GPA and bring home state."

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