April 2, 2009

Ole Miss to entertain Georgia teammates

Two of the top defensive backs in Georgia, one a cornerback with great speed and another a safety who hits like a linebacker, will be making the trip from the Peach State to north Mississippi on Saturday.

Decatur (Southwest DeKalb), Ga., safety Sharrod Golightly and cornerback Jonathan Mincy are planning to get to Oxford in time to see Ole Miss' Saturday morning scrimmage, they confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The Rebels have offered scholarships to both prospects, and both Golightly and Mincy plan to arrive at Ole Miss with eyes wide open.

"I'm glad to have an offer from Ole Miss and I'm looking forward to seeing the campus," said Golightly, a 5-foot-10, 177-pounder who also has offers from Vanderbilt and New Mexico. "The first time I heard about them was when Eli Manning came out. Last year, I was pretty impressed when they beat Florida in that nail-biter. That shocked me and impressed me at the same time."

Both prospects are being recruited by Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price. Due to NCAA rules, communication has been limited to letters and such, but Golightly said he's looking forward to talking to Price and the rest of the Rebels' staff Saturday.

"I'm looking for that home feeling," Golightly said. "I can't explain it, but it's where you're comfortable. I'm looking for cool coaches, nice facilities. I want to meet the defensive coordinator, the secondary coach and I want to find out about the education program. That's big to me. I'd love to be a coach when I get older."

Golightly, who had 88 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a junior, said he plans to weigh his options for awhile, but he added that when he feels the right vibe at a school, he might pull the trigger and commit -- especially if that school plays ball in the Southeastern Conference.

"That's the conference to be in, especially when you are from Georgia," Golightly said. "I'm glad to hopefully play in it one day.

Golightly, who said he's still hoping to hear from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee, said his strengths are his man coverage and his ability to pick up a slot receiver in man coverage off the hash.

Mincy, meanwhile, is all about speed. The 5-10, 175-pound cornerback has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He recorded 58 tackles and five interceptions last season and he returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.

Mincy has offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn and Maryland. He'll visit Ole Miss Saturday and take trips to Tennessee and Auburn next week.

"It's a fun experience to see different colleges and meet different people," Mincy said. "It's exciting. I was very surprised (at the Ole Miss offer). I didn't really hear a lot from them. I appreciated them doing that. I want to go down there and see what they're really about."

Mincy said he's nowhere close to a decision yet, though he's pretty sure on the conference he'll play in.

"I am waiting for spring ball to come around, and then I'll narrow things down," Mincy said. "Distance isn't an issue, but I've always wanted to play in the SEC. That's where all the 'ballers are out to me. Definitely I'm going to stay in the SEC."

Mincy said his calling card is his "very good ball skills. I'm very good with jamming and I have very good make-up speed."

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