By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
A few weeks ago, at a camp down in Stockbridge, Southwest DeKalb running back Kendrun Malcome said his high school coach, Buck Godfrey, discourages players from committing early. One of his highly recruited teammates, defensive end T.J. Stripling, said the same thing.
That didn’t keep cornerback Jonathan Mincy from committing to Auburn this week, choosing the Tigers over Georgia Tech, Tennessee, LSU and several other scholarship-offering schools. Mincy, however, had a different take on why Godfrey has discouraged players from committing early in the past.
“No, it’s not that [Godfrey didn't want players to commit],” Mincy told the AJC. “There were a lot of players who committed early and then they got the big head and didn’t play hard. He was OK with me committing early because I don’t have that type of mentality where I’ll let down my teammates.”
Mincy said he chose Auburn because “I felt like it was a good fit for me.”