First impressions can mean a lot, sometimes they can mean everything when it comes to recruiting high school prospects.
The University of Tennessee passed the test with Georgia's defensive back Jonathon Mincy this past Saturday. The standout defensive back from the Peach State came away shocked, impressed and in love with the Volunteer football program.
"It was awesome," Mincy told InsideTennessee.com Sunday afternoon. "I was more shocked than anything about how much the fans love their football team. That crowd was amazing. I couldn't believe how electric it was there. Their fans showed their team and coaching staff a lot of love."
Mincy wasn't shy about using the word love to describe his feelings about the Big Orange.
"I loved everything about my trip," Mincy said. "I loved the energy of the fans and the coaching staff, I love the campus, and I love how the current players treated me."
When asked about an early favorite, Mincy didn't mince words.
"Right now Tennessee is my favorite along with Auburn and Georgia," Mincy said. "I was truly impressed with everything about their program. I was a lot better than I ever expected it to be."
New linebacker Coach Lance Thompson is recruiting Mincy for the Vols; Mincey's relationship with Coach Thompson began while the coach was at Alabama.
"Coach Thompson and I go way back," Mincy said. "We have developed a great relationship, my parents and I trust him a lot. He is one of the main reasons we took this trip to Knoxville yesterday, I'm so glad we did."
Mincy is also excited about the chance of playing defense for the legendary NFL Coach Monte Kiffin.
"The opportunity to play for him and Coach Lane is amazing," Mincy explained. "If I choose Tennessee I know I will be coached by the best."
Another Volunteer assistant coach also made an impression on the talented defender.
"Coach (Ed) Orgeron was all over the field," Mincy said. "I love the way he gets you hyped up. I love his fire and intensity."
Mincy will attend summer camp in Knoxville and hopes to make a final decision on the college of his choice before the end of summer.