Rising Junior QB Shines at Auburn Camp

Quarterback prospect Bennie Coney talks about recruiting and his trip to Auburn University.

Plant City, Fla.--A standout at Auburn's two-day team football camp, Plant City High School's Bennie Coney is a prospect to watch for the 2012 signing class.

At 6-2, 205 pounds with a strong arm and quick feet, he started for his high school team as a sophomore. He made the trip up to Auburn with a large group of his teammates for a camp that had competition for linemen as well as a seven-on-seven passing tournament.

Plant City made the semi-finals of the seven-on-seven before losing in overtime to Bowie High of Arlington, Tex. "It came down the last play and I?thought we were going to win, but I like competition so it was good for us," Coney says.

"The camp was great for teaching me my progressions," he adds. "I really liked it. It teaches me how to read better and it is good for us to play against this type of competition."

Although he just finished his sophomore year of high school, the quarterback already has three scholarship offers and it won't be surprising if more are on the way. Early this year he was named top quarterback at the Atlanta MVP Camp.

"Pretty much everyone is recruiting me," Coney says. "So far I have three scholarship offers from Purdue, Texas Tech and Michigan. I don't have a favorite yet, but I really like Auburn a lot and not just because I went to the camp there. I have liked Auburn since my freshman year."

Coney notes that he threw for 1,600 yards with 14 touchdowns through the air and totaled seven rushing TDs. "The bad part was I threw for 16 interceptions," he says, noting that is something he is working on improving.

He is hitting the summer camp circuit hard to make strides as a quarterback. "I am going to the Hawaii Dream Maker Camp July 1st-5th," he says. "I going to camps at Alabama, South Carolina, USF and UCF so I have a lot going on."

Coney says he expects the camps to make him a better quarterback and a better leader for his 2010 season for what he believes will be a strong Plant City High squad "We are team that was full of sophomores last season who are upcoming juniors," Coney says. "I?am going to enjoy it."

Commenting on what he is trying to improve before the start of his junior season, the quarterback says, "I think my footwork needs to get better. I?need to make my progressions faster. I am working at keeping my composure on the field even when things don't go my way."

Coney says he is going to have fun playing football this fall. "We are putting in a new offense that is no huddle and I am looking forward to that."

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