Jonathon Mincy: not just an athlete

The road to Ann Arbor may run through Columbus for Southwest Dekalb (GA) defensive back Jonathon Mincy.

As the summer months approach, the nation's top recruits have some important decisions to make in terms of which camps they will attend. Southwest Dekalb (GA) defensive back Jonathon Mincy's summer schedule is already packed, with planned visits to camps at Ohio State, Tennessee, LSU and Georgia. According to him, it could get busier still.

"I know some more camps are gonna come in to play, but I know for sure I'm gonna go to those four," Mincy told GoBlueWolverine. Mincy said he and teammate T.J. Stripling will both attend the four aforementioned camps … and are also considering attending the University of Miami's camp.

Both Mincy and Stripling have been extended offers from the University of Michigan. While Mincy has listed Michigan atop of his list at times, he has also left the Wolverines off on occasion in favor of southern powers Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, UNC and Tennessee. He said Michigan fans shouldn't read too much into the omission.

"Michigan will always be in my top just because I know of their history," Mincy said. "I just really want to get up there and see the campus life and see more about it, because I know Michigan right now, out of all the colleges right now, is best for my degree in college which is communications and sports broadcasting and journalism. That really puts them up top with me, so I'm just really ready to get up there and see how everything is."

Mincy hopes to visit U-M and a few other schools north of the Mason Dixon when he comes up for the Ohio State camp.

Mincy's communication with the Maize and Blue has been through assistant coach Jay Hopson, but never have the discussions become a negotiation for playing time.

"That wasn't really a big issue because both of us agreed that I'd have to come in here and compete all the time," Mincy said. "Playing time is not really an issue with me. I just want to compete for the spot and feel real comfortable around the coaches, because I'd be away four or five years."

The 5-10 Mincy says he's put on about ten pounds so far this off-season and is weighing in at 175.

"A lot of people say that I'm an undersized cornerback. On the field I try to do everything I can to show that I'm not. I'm very physical. For my size, I bring all my weight with me," Mincy said.

He also prides himself on proving people wrong off the field.

"I can really say I'm a student of the game. I like watching film, and I'm not just an athlete I'm a student-athlete," he said. "I don't want people to think I just play football. I do my work in the classroom."

Mincy carries a 3.3 GPA and scored a 760 on his SAT in his first attempt. He plans on retaking the test this summer.

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