John Mincey’s signing choice doesn’t come without a bit of irony. After being first to offer Mincey, a rough 2017 football season and coaching turnover made Tennessee’s connection with Mincey muddy. After talking with Pruitt and visiting the Vols in January, the orange and white came surging back.
Teams in the SEC can never have enough depth on the defensive line, and Mincey will likely contribute to that depth, at least for the beginning of his time in Knoxville. Mincey is the nation’s No. 38 strong-side defensive end as ranked by 247Sports. He carried offers from Arkansas, Auburn and South Carolina in the SEC.
Mincey might be the most underrated player in the Tennessee signing class. He’s big, strong in his lower body and is a menace to opposing offensive tackles. While he does take on some smaller players on film, it’s good that he shows no trouble blowing past them.
Often times, he takes on two or more blockers. He’s quick around the edge and always knows where the quarterback is, making him a dangerous pass rusher. Each move has a purpose, and most hit home to give the defensive end success. I’m not saying Mincey could be the next Derek Barnett, but keep your eye out as Mincey finds more playing time in the fall.