RECRUITING: Interview with Justin Mincey

The rumors have been swirling the last two weeks that Charlton County(GA) HS defensive end Justin Mincey might be ready to pull the trigger. His last update listing Florida as his slight leader had the Peach State faithful worried that he was going to announce for the Gators. The fact that the Gators received commitments in the last 2 weeks from 6 players that attended the Rising Senior Camp in Gainesville in July probably only fueled the speculation even more.

We caught up with Justin as he was resting after a day of 3 a day practices with his football team. Even with the twelve hour days he was putting in, he was gracious enough to give us his time. We asked what all of his team camp is going to do for the team "Yeah we've got to win the state championship this year. Last year we got to the state championship and we lost." He is a guy that certainly has lofty goals.

Justin attended the Florida camp and we were able to see him first hand. On film he is fast as any lineman you will see in high school. Seeing him in person, it is amazing how big he is to be able to move that fast. He had a great camp at Florida and we asked the 6-6, 255 pound defensive end what he thought and he said "The Florida camp was very good, pretty fun. Coach Fedora was pretty cool."

Justin is a force as a pass rusher. He is a big body defensive end type that could move inside in long down and distance situations, but he is very quick and fast and should rush the passer. Of his own talents he states, "I mainly am a pass rusher, but I love to clog the whole on a run block. I love situations like 4th and 1, or 4th and 2. Those situations show what kind of character you have, what kind of heart you have." Here we have a big bodied guy that can run very well but loves to stick his nose in there. On his position of choice in college he said, "I have to say defensive end. I plan on getting bigger and faster."

We asked Justin about the rumors of a commitment in the very near future. He denied that and had a list of schools ready that he likes. "Florida, Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame are some pretty good schools I am interested in." Are there at least any favorites? "It's pretty much wide open but I'm leaning towards Florida just a little bit." What schools are doing their homework and making sure Justin knows they are interested? "Florida and Georgia are recruiting me the hardest." As for deciding factors, "My education, it's the main thing. I am going to major in Marine Biology or Biology." Talking to Justin, it sure seems that he has his head on straight.

We know that he isn't ready now, but we asked Justin for a timetable for his commitment. "I am going to wait till the end of my senior year, that's when I will make my pick. I should make a couple of visits during the season, but I am going to wait till January to decide."

Justin Mincey is a heck of a player that is garnering much attention from the best of schools. The Gators have the slightest of leads right now, but there is a lot of time and recruiting left. He seems grounded and knows what he wants. He won't rush to make a decision and has a bright future ahead of him.

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