Defensive Back Sees Opportunity at Auburn

One of the priorities for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers for the 2011 signee class is bringing in help in the secondary.

Decatur, Ga.--Jonathon Mincy says he sees that opportunity is awaiting at Auburn and notes that he is looking forward to seeing what he can do as a college freshman this fall.

The early Auburn verbal football commitment notes that he is as solidly pledged to the Tigers as ever despite rumors he may take another visit. After watching Gene Chizik's team perform last fall he realizes the defense has a major need for help at cornerback.

"The Auburn coaches told me when I come in I have to be ready to play this year," Mincy tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I look at that and it just makes me strive harder to come in ready to play. I am not worried about whether I start or not, but I am going to compete."

The Southwest DeKalb High standout showed how competitive he is while performing in a postseason all-star setting at the Georgia North-South All-Star Game in Columbus. He was one of the most aggressive players on the field at Memorial Stadium.

"I felt like I played good in that game," he says. "I had a couple of tackles. We had a rotation since it was an all-star game so I didn't get to play every snap, but it was a fun experience to get to be around players from all over Georgia so that was really great."

Mincy is shown at the all-star game at Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ga. In the bottom photo he rests while the offense is on the field next to his future Auburn teammate, Jessel Curry, who has already enrolled at AU.

Mincy wasn't shy about getting in the face of the opposing team's wide receivers and making it difficult for them to get off the line of scrimmage. "I had to do that to set the tone early," he explains. "The receivers were big so I?had to get physical with them."

Commenting on his senior season, the cornerback says, "I am not happy with it because I feel like we should have won in the second round of the playoffs against Clarke Central. Personally I feel great about my senior season. I feel like I did all I could.

Mincy notes that he made 48 tackles with four interceptions on defense while scoring six touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Auburn was short on cornerbacks by the time the Tigers defeated Northwestern in the Outback Bowl and the star of the secondary that day, Walt McFadden, is graduating and his spot must be filled. "Walt is a great player," Mincy says. "He is a guy who I look up to."

Mincy notes that he is spending a lot of time working out getting ready for his freshman year of college. "I am finished with my classes at 11 a.m. every day and after that I train with some of my former football coaches," he says. "On Tuesday Coach (Gene) Chizik and Coach (Tommy) Thigpen came by to see me and told me that they wanted me to be ready to compete for playing time this season. That is exciting to me and it is what I am going to try to do.

"I feel really good about my decision to attend Auburn," Mincy adds. "I like the college, I like the coaches, I like the passion there is for football and how the fans love their team," he says. "After I sign on Wednesday I plan to go to Auburn the next weekend to hang out with the guys."

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