Jordan Prestwood, one of the better tackles in the country has committed to the Florida State Seminoles. Prestwood plays for Plant City High near Tampa, Florida. He was formerly committed to Notre Dame before de-committing last month. Prestwood visited Florida State for the North Carolina game and visited Florida last weekend for the Gators' loss to South Carolina. The smart money was on FSU after he de-committed from Notre Dame, though he was very respectful of UF in an interview describing his visit to Gainesville.
Prestwood stands 6'6" and weighs in at about 280 lbs. He is a four-star player per ESPN and Scout, rated as the 11th-best offensive tackle in the country. Prestwood has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, and USC. He is a member of the ESPNU150.
Prestwood has good athleticism and actually played tight end for his high school team until this season. You see a kid with his size move around as a tight end and you cannot help but think he will make an excellent tackle. Arms are adequate length and he has the toughness and tenacity you look for in a big man, as often big players in high school do not have the fire to dominate much smaller opponents. He is an intelligent kid with a quality frame. It is thought that he plans to graduate early and enroll in January, availing himself of the benefits of the college weight program and an additional Spring practice.
Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett has to be quite pleased with this addition to class. Prestwood is pretty raw, but will not be expected to contribute as a first-year player. He projects as a 6'6" 310-pounder. Trickett has long said that he would like bigger bodies provided they have the athleticism to execute Florida State's multiple blocking schemes. Along with Bobby Hart, Florida State now has two offensive tackles in the ESPNU 150.
As a program Florida State had really struggled recruiting offensive linemen in the last half decade. When Trickett arrived at Florida State, the 'Noles' line was one of the worst in the conference. Trickett went with all young guys (the youngest group in the country). FSU took its lumps, but now that those young guys are upperclassmen, recruits have taken notice that Trickett took low-rated recruits and turned them into All-Conference players and future draft choices. FSU bided its time, was criticized for not taking more linemen last year, but it appears FSU's patience has paid off in Prestwood, the aforementioned Hart, Sterling Lovelady, Trey Pettis, and Ruben Carter. This stellar offensive-line class is a long time coming for Florida State. There is little doubt that this group is much more talented than the crop Trickett has molded into one of the better lines in the country. If Rick Trickett can develop these recruits like he developed the much less heralded recruits from 2007 and 2008 who now comprise Florida State's offensive line, look out.
He is the 18th commitment of the 2010 class. Florida State projects to sign one of the best five classes in the country and has an outside shot at landing the nation's top class. That is remarkable considering the 'Noles' focus on linemen and not skill players in this cycle. Nine of those commitments are in the ESPNU150. Friend and fellow Notre Dame de-commitment Aaron Lynch, an elite defensive end is expected to announce tomorrow as well and like Prestwood, those in the know expect him to choose FSU as well.
Inside, find highlights of Prestwood from last season.
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Jordan Prestwood Junior Highlight (via EliteScouting)