Massive Juco Tight End Has Auburn No. 1

Big tight end Jordan Prestwood talks about his official visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers on top.

Plant City, Fla.--A massive tight end prospect, Jordan Prestwood was already very familiar with the Auburn Tigers after taking two trips to the Plains when he was in high school three years ago. Saturday was his first visit to see a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium and he couldn't have picked a more perfect weekend to make that initial trip.

Watching as Auburn defeated Georgia 43-38 in one of the wildest finishes in Auburn football history, the 6-6, 285 Arizona Western Community College product says that the weekend has moved the Tigers to the top of his list.

"It was awesome," Prestwood says. "I'm definitely happy about the game I picked to come to. I knew it was going to be a good game, but that kind of took it to another level. It was awesome to experience that. It was cool to see the atmosphere first-hand. That was nice.

"I would say Auburn is definitely number one for me right now," he adds. "I told my parents I would really take my time with visits this time because it's the last place. I'm probably going to take two more visits and I'll just decide after that."

Playing offensive tackle at Notre Dame and in junior college after originally signing with Florida State out of high school, Prestwood was a big tight end during his prep years and says that thought of playing that for the Tigers is very intriguing to him.

"I was really impressed," Prestwood says. "They were pushing guys around up front and running the ball really well. They were using the tight end and fullback pretty well. I was real impressed by that. It looks like a good place I would fit in."

Another reason for his good feelings for Auburn is the presence of both Gus Malzahn and Dameyune Craig on the Tigers' staff. Recruiting Prestwood out of high school while he was offensive coordinator at Auburn, Malzahn already had a strong bond with the big tight end. The same is true of Craig because of his time at Florida State.

"That's very important," Prestwood says. "I have known Coach Malzahn and Coach Craig since I was a sophomore or junior in high school. I have a good relationship with them. Knowing they are there I have a good relationship and good trust with them. It's a good situation."

Planning to visit Kentucky next weekend and with another trip likely in December, Prestwood says he plans to enroll in December and go through spring practice to prepare for the 2014 season. At the moment that destination could be Auburn and Prestwood says there are plenty of reasons to like the Tigers.

"It's definitely the situation to be able to come in and play some tight end again," Prestwood says. "I feel like that uses all of my abilities. I like playing tackle, but tight end really gives me a chance to use some of the other skills I have. And the relationship with the coaches is big. I have known them for a long time and I trust them. That's probably the biggest thing for me is probably my comfort level there."

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