Mincy says early commitment OK with SWD coach Godfrey

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

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.”

32 comments Add your comment

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 25th, 2009
5:45 pm

GT got AYERS and this kid had to move fast to get a school before he looked like he was begging. The War Eagles or Tigers will do him well, but better get that paper signed when all the others are making their moves or he could be at UGA working hard to brake into that great Secondary. HAHAHA.

Worm

June 25th, 2009
6:45 pm

Hope you don’t BRAKE into a college classroom!

Ray

June 25th, 2009
7:28 pm

Go to Tech, don’t learn to spell and get mugged. Great School!

Pi$$onanEducation

June 25th, 2009
7:28 pm

Idiot….typical Tech fan.

mano17

June 25th, 2009
8:57 pm

im very proud of the kid he works very hard and has a good head on his shoulders. also i know him personally and he has been going thru a lot this weak but, i belive that it will make in even better and more focused. keep yo head up nephew and make yo uncle proud

BS Patrol

June 25th, 2009
9:34 pm

Doggie fans calling the nerds out on spelling! What next?

hoghead fred

June 25th, 2009
10:21 pm

Brent Cunningham

June 26th, 2009
7:01 am

Not one person that ever attended class at Tech, believes Pi$$onadawg went to Tech. Insulting the Tech education…………that’s funny and not funny haha. There’s some really unhappy people on here…….

Michael Cox

June 26th, 2009
7:23 am

Hey BS Patrol….how bout we call GT fans out on convicted “Crack” dealers..er..uh…Dope dealers playing db for the Nerds! Wow! I promise you that would NEVER happen at UGA! Call it what you want, but as far as I’m concerened that’s pretty much bottom of the food chain. Huh…Didn’t know Engineers sold dope?

Paddy

June 26th, 2009
8:51 am

Concrats Mincy,Auburn is a great school.

Preston

June 26th, 2009
9:13 am

Michael, custodial engineers sell dope. That’s what all the athletes at tech take. Custodial engineering and dope

H.S. Coach

June 26th, 2009
10:31 am

Are there any realistic Tech fans out there anymore?

S. Paulding Dad

June 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

Hey, I think the world of Ryan Ayers and I hope he puts up the kind of numbers this High School season that justify all the attention. What got Ryan all the attention was the 7 on 7 and other skill position camps, He didn’t stand out very much at all during the football games. Coach Glanton burns me DVDs of the games and I can assure you that Ayers’ popularity is because of a 4.3-40 and he showed some real good coverage skill during the 7 on 7 competition. This is not a slam against Ga Tech, but it is true that Ryan saw that he had no chance to play defense at UGA this year. He tried to get a commitment that he would not have to red shirt and would play… UGA coaches wouldn’t do it, Tech did. Hope they didn’t lie to him.

gtfanfrom1951

June 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

mugging 101 is a UGA class

Not Disappointed

June 26th, 2009
1:41 pm

Good luck young man.

rocky redwood

June 26th, 2009
3:22 pm

I agree with you S Paulding Dad. I officiated a game for S Paulding last year and don’t remember Ayers at all. I do know they had some real fast kids, and he may be one of them, but no one stood out as..”yeah, he’s D1 for sure.”

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 26th, 2009
3:29 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! You guys type so well and call me out? HE CAN BRAKE into the Secondary because there ain’t no speed or talent behind your Backers. I do hope he can read and do well. If not, Athens Clarke-County Jail has a football team many UGA players play for and get time and a half for being on the team.

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 26th, 2009
3:37 pm

The muggings are on the edge of the TECH campus not TECH property. Students are not allowed to have guns on school property. Go to off-campus housing in Athens and I know the rednecks have their deer rifles in the apartments and cars. I can also tell you that the campus cops don’t stop drug deals off campus and Athens-Clarke County don’t try to stop the Drugs and Alcohol passed to minors either. See TECH is in a CITY and not a PASTURE with a highway around it like Clemson, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Athens.

BigMike

June 27th, 2009
8:16 am

Who cares, UGA has Smith, and Love and other “top db’s” are scared to come and compete. Ask Ayers, he got scared of the competition and ran to G.T. This you expect from a kid coming out of ‘SOUTH PAULDING’ ! What a joke

Mister T

June 27th, 2009
9:19 am

Does anyone actually talk about football on here?

dick

June 27th, 2009
11:11 am

hell no we dont, we like talking dissing these kids and telling everybody have bad they are, only because your kid sucks ass
HELL YEA

tigermike

June 27th, 2009
11:41 am

Mincey? Ayers? UGA just got Ogletree…….#1 S/DB in country.

brick

June 27th, 2009
11:40 pm

Really sad the Tech fans have to ruin this blog. Just another kid that wanted to play in the big league instead of the minor league. Maybe one day the ACC will step it up and top kids will consider schools in their conference. But until then I guess they can come here and do whatever it is they call this.

Hairofthedawg

June 28th, 2009
12:14 am

wHY IS THE aJC KEEPING FAILING TO MENTION uga? wE GET THE NUMBER 1 SAFETY IN THE NATION TO COMMIT THIS PAST fRIDAY AND THE AJC DOES AN ARTICLE ON MINCY TO AUBURN BUT NOT ANY THING ABOUT ALEC OGLETREE.

SEC fan

June 28th, 2009
11:33 am

When the AJC thought UGA was behind Tech in recruiting there were lots of articles/comments to that effect. Now UGA lands the #1 Safety and #1 player in Georgia and nothing! You guys really wonder why you keep losing circulation? Why don’t you just cut more costs by eliminating any coverage of UGA football recruiting entirely? Oh, wait a minute, I guess you just did that.

SEC fan

June 28th, 2009
11:51 am

I bet Kiffy could burp (I cleaned up what I was really thinking) and within 30 minutes you guys would have a major headline about it on the sports page. For the next 3 to 4 weeks there would be follow-up articles regarding the event. 3 days ago the top high school kid in Georgia (#1 ranked Safety in the country) commits to the largest University in Georgia and nothing is written about it in the AJC. Any particular reason the AJC is choosing to totally ignore that event?

Jimmy in Gainesville

June 28th, 2009
3:40 pm

Ogletree is the real deal … he’ll be a winner and a hitter. I just hope Willie M don’t ruin him. We’ll have the talent but I still say the defensive coaching is a BIG QUESTION. Willie will have to do a lot this year to take back the support and trust he lost last year. Let’s hope CMR keeps tight reins on Willie and won’t let us fall into a hole like last year. By the way … Ryan Ayers could play for anyone.

Elizabeth

June 28th, 2009
9:46 pm

Georgia is putting together another really fine recruiting class. Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Georgia are in the top seven in team ranking. Wow

WHY DO MUTTS BARK? CAUSE BEES STING

June 28th, 2009
9:59 pm

GOOD MINCY AS LONG AS YOU DID NOT GO TO UGAY,COACH GODFREY SAID A WHILE BACK THAT UGAY WAS A RACIST REDNECK SCHOOL!

Kevin

June 29th, 2009
10:12 am

To Why Mutts bark. Buck Godfrey is the racist, and a loser.He just didnt like it b/c he didn’t get special attention at camps, etc. from the UGA coaching staff. After all when you help produce such “fine” men as Quincy Carter you deserve some reward. He can keep his players, screw Godfrey, UGa will have a top 10 calss every yr. without ever taking anohter SWD player.

WHY DO MUTTS BARK? CAUSE BEES STING

June 29th, 2009
9:54 pm

YEAH KEVIN THAT`S WHY YOU MUTTS CANT GET THE INNER CITY KIDS LIKE FLORIDA AND U.S.C TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME,REMEMBER MUTTS IT TAKES ATTITUDE AND NASTINESS TO WIN A TITLE,WITH YOUR RURAL GEORGIA BLACK ATHLETES,THEY DONT BRING THAT FIRE THAT`S NEEDED TO WIN,LOOK AT L.S.U AND THE GATORS,THEY HAVE THUGS THAT HAVE GREAT COACHES WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT MARK RICHT,HE`S BEEN IN THE S.E.C LONGER THAN LES MILES AND URBAN MEYER,AND THESE GUYS HAVE WON 3 NATIONAL TITLES MUTTS!

WHY DO MUTTS BARK? CAUSE BEES STING

June 29th, 2009
9:59 pm

KEVIN THE PEST WITH THEIR THUGS BEAT YOUR RURAL GEORGIA 5 STAR ATHLETES LAST YEAR,WIN SOMETHING PAPER CHAMP PRE-SEASON NUMBER 1 NATIONAL CHAMPS!

P.S. GEORGIA TECH HAS 4 FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO UGAY 1 NATIONAL TITLE! EAT ON THAT MUTT FANS,1980 WAS A JOKE,1990 WAS THE REAL LAST NATIONAL CHAMPION GEORGIA HAS HAD!