Ge­or­gia high school DL John Mincey to make visit to Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT E-mail Richard Daven­port at rdav­en­port@arkansason­

The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs will host one of their top re­main­ing tar­gets in the 2018 class when de­fen­sive line­man John Mincey ar­rives in Fayetteville this morn­ing for an un­of­fi­cial visit.

Mincey, 6-4, 265 pounds, 4.7 sec­onds in the 40-yard dash, of Homerville, (Ga.) Clinch County re­ceived a schol­ar­ship of­fer from the Hogs in May to go along with ap­prox­i­mately 20 other schol­ar­ship of­fers from schools like Florida, Ge­or­gia, Auburn, Mis­sis­sippi State, Ken­tucky, Washington State, Ore­gon State and oth­ers.

“I just want to take a good look at the cam­pus and talk with the coaches,” Mincey said of the Ra­zor­backs. “They’re look­ing for­ward to me com­ing down.”

De­fen­sive line coach John Scott Jr. re­cruits Ge­or­gia and has con­vinced sev­eral of that state’s prospects to travel to the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville for a visit. Mincey said Scott stays in con­tact with him and that helps his in­ter­est in the Hogs.

“It’s be­cause of how hard they’re try­ing to get me and be a part of their part pro­gram,” said Mincey, who also plays bas­ket­ball for his school. “I like how hard they’re try­ing to re­cruit me.”

CBS Sports Net­work na­tional re­cruit­ing an­a­lyst Tom Lem­ming rates Mincey a fourstar prospect. Mincey’s con­nec­tion with Scott is strong.

“He’s a just a good per­son,” Mincey said. “He tells me good things that can hap­pen to me and I would be a good fit for the pro­gram and I also be­lieve that too.”

Clinch County lineback­ers coach Rance Mor­gan, as­sis­tant bas­ket­ball coach David Lan­ders, a Batesville na­tive and Tan­ner Stahl, a Rus­sel­lville na­tive, will be ac­com­pa­ny­ing Mincey on the visit. Stahl coached Mincey in the 7th and 8th grade foot­ball.

An ex­cel­lent visit could con­vince Mincey to com­mit to the Hogs.

“There’s a real good chance,” he said.

If Mincey does pledge to the Ra­zor­backs, he said it’s likely he’ll stop vis­it­ing other schools.

“If I don’t com­mit, I’ll prob­a­bly make some more vis­its, but if I do I’ll prob­a­bly won’t take any­more vis­its,” he said.

Mincey said Ken­tucky, Auburn and Ge­or­gia are other schools he’s con­sid­er­ing.


The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs men’s bas­ket­ball team won the 1994 na­tional cham­pi­onship un­der the tough lead­er­ship of point guard Corey Beck and now UA women’s coach Mike Neigh­bors is re­cruit­ing Beck’s daugh­ter Co­riah, a sopho­more guard from Fayetteville.

Beck, 5-9, re­ceived her first schol­ar­ship of­fer from the Ra­zor­back on July 13 and that likely won’t be her last. She was thrilled to get the of­fer from Neigh­bors.

“If I did go there. I would have some­body to talk to about Arkansas be­cause my dad went there and my dad is my role model,” Beck said.

Beck av­er­aged 15 points, 6 re­bounds, 3 as­sists and 3 steals for Fayetteville’s fresh­man team this past sea­son. Beck at­tended a team and in­di­vid­ual camp at Arkansas this sum­mer and was able to get to know Neigh­bors.

“I like Coach Neigh­bors,” Beck said. “I think he’s a very cool guy He makes me feel very com­fort­able. He gets us.”

Beck and three oth­ers who have re­ceived of­fers from the Ra­zor­backs, guard Sasha Go­forth of Fayetteville, guard Des­tiny Salary of Jones­boro and for­ward Taylen Collins of Muldrow, Okla., play for the Arkansas Ban­shees Premier 16-un­der.

Neigh­bors has seen the Ban­shees sev­eral times this sum­mer, most re­cently on Sun­day at the Bat­tle of the Bayou in New Or­leans.

Beck is a fan of the way Neigh­bors coaches and lets his team play.

“I like his coach­ing style,” Beck said. “He went over how he runs his plays at the team camp and I like the style of play.”

Her fa­ther played with a re­lent­less ef­fort and hopes his daugh­ter does the same.

“He just tells me to work harder,” Beck said. “He wants me to work as hard as pos­si­ble.”



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