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Fri. January 8, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Plant City has been a popular destination spot for several major college programs on the recruiting trail over the past two days.

All have come to visit junior tight end/defensive end Jordan Prestwood, who will be one of the bay area's top senior recruits next year.

Coaches from Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia and Michigan State have visited Prestwood at the school over the past two days, Plant City coach Jason Strunk said Friday. Strunk said he expects offers from some of those schools in the near future.

Prestwood, a Times Hillsborough County first-team selection, owns five Division I offers, including ones from Purdue, South Carolina, UCF, USF and FIU.

Strunk said that the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Prestwood has already put on 15 points since the end of the season.

"Everyone has seen him on film, but to see some of these coaches light up when they see him in person is fun to see," Strunk said. "They're blown away by his size. Watching them be impressed impresses me."

Prestwood, who made 26 catches for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns last season, is being recruited to play offensive tackle by most schools. UCF is recruiting him to play tight end.

Also, Strunk said sophomore quarterback Bennie Coney has impressed Division I coaches, with some mentioning they would like to make him verbal offers in the spring.

Coney threw for 1,609 yards and ran for another 289, accounting for 21 total touchdowns as a sophomore for the Raiders.

"I've had coaches watch him on film and say, 'Coach you have a national recruit on your hands here,'" Strunk said of Coney.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com)

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