JEFFERSON - The offers are starting to roll in for Southwest Dekalb cornerback Jonathan Mincy, who was in Jefferson over the weekend to take part in the annual Georgia Olympics.
But as he stepped off the podium with the rest of his teammates who competed in the finals of the Class AAAAA 4X400 relay, the subject quickly turned to football.
The nation's 25th-ranked cornerback according to Rivals.com, Mincy said he has nine offers thus far, including one he received from Miami this past Thursday.
Could Georgia be close to joining the crowd? Mincy certainly hopes so.
"Georgia and Miami have always been my childhood favorites," said Mincy. "I went to their (Georgia's) Junior Day and really enjoyed myself. I learned a lot about the program. I know they've got a history of great cornerbacks and I'm honored to have them look at me."
Although Georgia has yet to offer, Mincy said the Bulldogs have started to pick up the pace.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, said he has spoken with defensive coordinator Willie Martinez, who Mincy said has been extremely honest with him and is looking forward to talk with him again.
Mincy said the Miami offer did come as a surprise.
He said he had barely heard from the Hurricanes until assistant Wesley McGriff dropped by his school Thursday and offered a scholarship, the ninth such offer he has received thus far.
Along with Miami, Mincy said he has offers from Oklahoma, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Maryland, South Carolina and North Carolina.
He also recently spoke to Florida cornerbacks coach Vance Bedford, but said it was the offer from Miami that really got his attention.
"Their offer came as a shock because I hadn't got any letters from them," Mincy said. "But they said they like what I'm doing this year, and I was the first defensive back outside of South Florida they wanted to offer. That meant a lot to me."
MIncy said he will weigh all his options carefully.
He plans to making as many visits as he can, checking out a number of schools, a list that includes Tennessee, Maryland and South Carolina.
"There's also some other camps that I want to go to, but I really haven't finalized my schedule yet," he said. "It's kind of hard to say."
Mincy said he will start finalizing those plans after Southwest Dekalb wraps up its spring drills.
"Once I get done with spring practice I'll start figuring some things out, about where I want to go," Mincy said. "Things are really starting to pick up."
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