Prestwood Excited About Upcoming Auburn Visit

A former Florida State signee and Notre Dame offensive lineman, big Jordan Prestwood is coming off a season in junior college and looking to find a home for his final two seasons.

At one time 6-6, 285 Jordan Prestwood was one of the top prospects in the country coming out of Plant (Fla.) High. Rated the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country and a four-star by, Prestwood originally committed to Notre Dame in April of 2010 before backing off that decision and later signing with Florida State.

Enrolling early with the Seminoles in January of 2011, Prestwood decided he had made the wrong decision and headed for Notre Dame instead. Working on the scout team with the Fighting Irish in 2011, Prestwood appeared ready to challenge for playing time on the offensive line heading into last season but left Notre Dame for personal reasons and enrolled in junior college classes closer to home.

Hoping to play at Central Florida, Prestwood was all set to join the Knights until he came up just short academically and couldn't enroll in school. That setback sent him looking for a place to try to keep his dream alive and that wound up being Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. Playing offensive tackle this year, he notes that it wasn't that hard to shake off the rust once he got going again.

"The season is done now, but it was nice to get out there and put the pads on and play some football," Prestwood says. "I think the season really did me well getting my skills back to where they were. The season really went well for me. It came back to me pretty easily. It just felt good to get back on the field and competing again."

His play this season has schools looking his way again hoping to get two good years out of the hungry Prestwood beginning in 2014. Planning to enroll early and go through spring practice, Prestwood is looking at Auburn, Kentucky, Florida State, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.

Having already visited Florida State with plans to check out Kentucky over the Thanksgiving break, Prestwood says he'll be in Auburn this weekend to check out the No. 7 Tigers take on rival Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium and he can't wait.

"I have a great relationship with Coach (Gus) Malzahn," Prestwood says. "He was my recruiter back in high school when I was visiting Auburn. Coach Dameyune Craig that is there now, he was at Florida State and I had a good relationship with him. The coaching staff, it's good to have some familiar faces on there and to have some relationships built already.

"It's just the atmosphere of Auburn from what I can remember," he adds. "I'm just looking forward to getting back. It's a pretty big SEC matchup this weekend so I'm sure it's going to be an awesome atmosphere. Basically I'm looking forward to getting back there and being around the coaches and the players and the program and getting a good feel for everything."

While many teams are looking him as an offensive tackle, Prestwood says the Auburn Tigers are recruiting him to play the tight end position in Gus Malzahn's offense. As someone who grew up playing that position and still feels like he can get the job done there, Prestwood notes there is plenty to like about Auburn at the moment.

"I think that's exciting," Prestwood tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was always a position I thought was the best for me to use all my ability that I have. It's just exciting to be able to have that opportunity to come back in and play some tight end."

Hoping to take one more visit after his Kentucky trip before making his decision, Prestwood says he's just taking things slowly knowing that he's got one more chance to make the right choice for his future.

"I just want to take some time on making this decision because it's going to be my last place," Prestwood notes. "I just want to take my visits and take everything in. I don't really have a set timeline. The biggest thing for me right now is to come in and play right away somewhere.

"Obviously my feeling comfortable at the school is important too," he adds. "Those are the two biggest things for me. I really think playing time needs to be the number one thing for me right now because I want to have that opportunity to get to the next level and graduate."

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