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Mon. April 5, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

Jordan2 Whether it was clever timing or coincidence, Plant City's Jordan Prestwood chose the day after Easter to vow his allegiance to Touchdown Jesus.

A 6-foot-6, 272-pound rising senior, Prestwood verbally committed to Notre Dame this afternoon in his school's media center, where he was joined by parents Jack and Lacinda Prestwood. A versatile Raiders tight end, Prestwood said he'll play offensive tackle for the Fighting Irish.

"My decision is final,"  said Prestwood, who can't sign a binding letter of intent until February. "I will not be recruited anymore."

A third-team Class 5A all-state pick last season, Prestwood already had more than a dozen Division I offers. His physical upside and 40-yard dash time (reportedly a shade below five seconds) prompted recruiters from South Bend to south Florida to line up for his services.

Among those he thanked for recruiting him: coaches from Central Florida (he attended five Knights games last season), Florida, South Carolina, Purdue and FSU, among others.

Nonetheless, Prestwood reiterated at least once during his brief press conference his recruiting is over. He said he settled on Notre Dame in part because of what he called a "top-notch" staff put together by new Irish coach Brian Kelly.

"It's just one of those places where you fit in or you don't," said Prestwood, who visited an Irish spring practice a couple of weeks ago. "I really think it's a great place for me."

As a junior, Prestwood totaled 26 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns, helping guide Plant City (7-4) to the 5A playoffs. Raiders coach Jason Strunk said Prestwood will remain a tight end this fall while also getting work at receiver and fullback.

Notre Dame's coaches "know I'm going to keep growing, I know I'm going to keep growing," Prestwood said. "I can't stop that. ... (Offensive tackle) is fine with me."

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