Catching Up With Jonathan Mingo
Not since the likes of Jerious Norwood or Fletcher Adams has Brandon been home to a more highly sought after college football prospect than rising senior star Jonathan Mingo. With a 6’1, muscular frame it’s apparent why this talented two-way player has college coaches hovering around the Brandon high school campus on a regular basis.
This semester Mingo has dabbled on the track, where he can be seen leading off the first leg of the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams for the Bulldogs. He is under the tutelage of former Brandon running back, and current BHS assistant football coach, Nathan McLaurin.
“One of the things I wanted to improve on this offseason was my speed,” Mingo told SES Mississippi. “I’ve been training pretty hard, working on strength, agility and speed drills to make me more of a threat to defenses.”
But Mingo doesn’t place his focus solely on the offensive side of the ball.
“I want to be able to contribute and help my team in any way to get to that 6A State Title game. I want to be able to make those clutch catches and be the go-to guy on this team no matter how many defenders are on me, and also be able to make plays on the defensive side of the ball,” He said. “I’ve been putting a lot of work in at getting stronger, and working to be better at DB.”
Mingo, a focused young man, has his mind set on several goals for the upcoming season.
“I feel the need to step up as a senior and be more of a presence when it comes to being a vocal leader out on the field,” He noted. “I just want my teammates to know that they can rely on me to be ready and prepared to lead them with my experience.”
With SEC offers, and dozens of others, already on the table, Mingo could add even more if he is able to show his skills on the defensive side in an expanded role. He is in line for a big senior season, but his focus is on the team’s goals.
“I’m just hoping to have a great senior season, help lead my team to a 6A State Championship and reward the Brandon Bulldog family with a gold ball next December,” He offered.
Being more of the modest type, Mingo doesn’t get caught up in the hype that surrounds his abilities on the gridiron.
“He’s a kid that has his priorities together,” Duston Walker, Mingo’s uncle, told SES Mississippi. “He’s extremely religious, he assists with running the audio visual system at his church and he has a passion for others’ concerns.”
When asked to reflect on his time at Brandon, and what he is likely to miss the most, he had this to say:
“Just the atmosphere that surrounds game day and Friday nights,” Mingo explained, while breaming with a smile. “It’s crazy how the fans make it resemble a college atmosphere with all the tailgating, cooking and fanfare.”
**Photo courtesy of Keith Warren, MHSAA