Kevin Minter, the 6-foot-1, 240 pound four-star linebacker from Peachtree High School in Suwanee, Ga., finished his junior season with 137 tackles and six sacks. His team finished with a 9-3 record.
"I'm a good run stopper and pass rusher," Minter said. "I hit the holes real well and I move downhill fast. I'm definitely very aggressive."
Minter is also very strong and says he benches 340 pounds, squats 575 and power cleans 320. He also reports a 32-inch vertical jump and says he runs a 4.6 forty.
"I still want to work on my pass drops and on getting a bit faster," he said. "I'd like to be able to read and react to the pass faster too."
Minter already has 10 scholarship offers and says he favors LSU slightly over USC, South Carolina and West Virginia. All of his favorites have offered as well as Kentucky, Central Florida, Purdue, Virginia, Ole Miss and North Carolina State. Suspiciously absent from that list are in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech.
"Georgia isn't really recruiting me at all," he said. "I heard they don't really need any linebackers this year so that explains it.
"Georgia Tech is recruiting me and I went to their Junior Day earlier this month," Minter said. "I think they'll be offering me soon. I had a good time there and I think they really liked me. It's a good school."
The only other Junior Day that Minter attended was LSU's last weekend (Feb. 23). "The coaches are great," he said. "I really like coach Les Miles. He's laid-back and I didn't expect him to be like that. I was really surprised how easy going he was.
"I also really loved the relaxed atmosphere there and how welcoming everyone is," he said. "It's like a big family down there and they have fans everywhere. I've got friends here in Georgia that love LSU. You can go anywhere and you'll find LSU fans."
Minter says that the Tigers are recruiting him the hardest. "They've called me a lot and they send me the most notes and letters," he said. "It's just the standard stuff, but still they send a lot of it."
Minter's teammate, CB Derrick Bryant, signed with the Tigers in Feb. "It's cool that Derrick is going there," he said. "I think they'll be able to repeat as champions. They are always a championship type team."
While the Tigers are Minter's top choice, he's still open to looking far and wide, especially since he hasn't seen or been to his other favorites. "Distance isn't an issue and that's why I have USC up there too," he said. "I've never been to California and I just want to go and see if I like it.
"I think USC has a great program and they always have good linebackers," Minter said. "They have great tradition."
As a youngster, Minter says he followed Florida State, but the Seminoles haven't offered him yet either. "They haven't really talked with me, but I've always liked Bobby Bowden and the great athletes that have come out of there."
The team whose defense impressed Minter the most last season was West Virginia. "They really surprised me on defense," he said. "They've been playing really impressive defense for the past few years now. They are a good team that I think is still getting better and the new coaches seem real cool. I think they'll do well."
South Carolina is also on Minter's short list, but he admits he doesn't know much about the Gamecocks yet. "I haven't talked to coach Steve Spurrier or anything yet," he said. "But I like the program overall. I want to learn more about them."
Minter doesn't have any combines or camps scheduled yet, but he says he plans to check out as many schools as he can during the summer because he'd like to commit before the start of his season.
"I want to play for a good coach and where I'll be able to see some early playing time," he said. "That's a goal.
"I don't want to stretch it out too long," he admitted. "I think I'll commit during the summer. My coaches think I should get it out of the way before the season and I agree."
He reports a 3.1 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 1.