There is a lot of talk going on right now about the Tigers' secondary, and the dissapointing season that has prevailed over the entire unit. With that discussion, its natural to turn to recruiting. Is there an athlete out there that could come in a make a difference next season?
Of course there is! And his name is Demario Minter.
Minter (5'11,180), out of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia is a true "cover corner". He's got good speed, right at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and he is outstanding when he's left out on an island covering the opposing team's best receiver.
This past summer at the NIKE camp, he called out every top receiver there and then shut them down completely in the one on one drills. He has excellent technique and plays with a very aggressive style. He also has a decent vertical, right at 36 inches- so you know he can go up and battle the taller, more physical wide receivers you see at schools like Virginia and North Carolina.
Minter is looking for a lot of things in the school he'll end up at, "I'm looking at team atmosphere and a place where I can be comfortable. I want to see coaches who are in sync with one another."
"I love watching Deion, Champ Bailey and Darrell Greene for Washington," said Minter. "I love Greene's knowledge of the game, I love Deion's cockiness and I love Champ's style. I try and pattern myself after all three. I am a very good cover guy and I can be physical if I have to," said Minter in an interview earlier this year.
Minter has already set up 4 visits, with the Maryland Terrapins being the first trip set for December 14th. He will also go to Georgia January 11th, North Carolina on January 18th and Auburn on the 25th. His visit to Clemson is in the works but has not been officially set up. Currently, Minter is not listing any favorites- he is wide open among those 5 schools.
This season, he has registered 50 tackles with 4 interceptions as well as an 80-yard touchdown on a kickoff return. Stephenson High School (9-2) advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs for the first time in school history by defeating South Gwinnett 33-18 a week ago. As a junior he recorded 35 tackles and 2 inerceptions while missing 3 games with a stress fracture in his hand.
Minter is rated as the No. 16 cornerback in the country by TheInsiders.com and is projected as a full qualifier with a 2.5 GPA and an 850 on the SAT.
Interestingly enough, Minter is teammates with DE Brandon Cannon, another division 1-A prospect who has already set up his visit to Clemson in January. We will continue to keep you updated on both of these prospects as we receive more information.
Player Profile: CB Demario Minter
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