Lee defensive end Ralph Mency has ACC school among 5 finalists

Lee defensive end Ralph Mency has ACC school among 5 finalists

Lee Generals defensive end Ralph Mency has not yet committed to a college program, but he has released a top-five list.

1010XL caught up with Mency to talk about those five programs and look ahead to his senior season.

“I like that I have a relationship with all the coaches and I can talk with them on a daily basis,” Mency told 1010XL regarding his finalists. “I like that they all have my major, physical therapy. That is something I’m really looking at because at some point football will come to an end.

“I also feel like I can be noticed at those schools. I feel like I could go to anyone of those programs and produce as a freshman.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Mency plays both tight end and defensive end at Lee and says he is getting recruited at both positions

“The position I play really doesn’t matter because I’ll do whatever I can for my team to win,” Mency said.

Mency, like all Lee players, is coached by former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver OJ Small.

“It’s hard and you have to be mentally tough to play for Coach Small,” Mency said. “He’s a great coach though and I love him like my dad.”

Does having a coach who knows the recruiting process benefit a prospect like Mency?

“Definitely because knowing that he knows what it takes because he has been through it and he has been somewhere that I’m trying to get to,” Mency said. “He’s been there and he’s done that.

“When he takes time out to tell me what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong I want to fix it so I can get to where he was.”

Mency is a part of the 2020 class here in Northeast Florida that has already seen a large number of prospects commit to Power 5 programs. This list includes Trinity Christian’s Miles Brooks, who committed to Georgia Tech, and Sandalwood’s Kyjuan Herndon, who committed to Ole Miss last week.

“Those are my brothers,” Mency said. “I’ve grown up with all of them and put in work with all of them. I’m happy to see them committing and finding out where they are going to college. Hopefully I will find my place soon.”

Should we be expecting a commitment from Mency anytime soon?

“I’m going to weigh my options and keep my eyes open to everything,” Mency said. “I want to take some official visits in the summer time.”