Offers Coming in for Junior QB Prospect

Bennie Coney talks about recruiting and his latest trip to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Plant City, Fla.--It's been a busy summer for 2012 football prospect Bennie Coney, but the Plant City High quarterback's diligence is producing results.

As he prepares for his junior season, the quarterback prospect is piling up early scholarship offers. One of those colleges he says has made an early offer is Auburn and Coney visited the Tigers for camps in June and July.

Commenting on his second trip to Auburn for a one-day prospects camp in July, Coney tells Inside the Auburn Tigers, "The camp was pretty good. I had fun. Coach Malzahn taught me some things about his offense."

Gus Malzahn, quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at Auburn, watched Coney throw the ball well in a team camp at Auburn in June where the 6-2, 205-pounder was one of the more impressive participants. He led Plant City to the semi-finals of the seven-on-seven tournament part of the event his team they fell to Bowie High of Arlington, Tex., in overtime.

"I did alright, but I didn't throw as well as I should have," he says of his return visit to Auburn, one of many of his stops on the camp circuit.

"I have been traveling every week and working hard through practice," he says.

He notes that the traveling has earned him scholarship offers from Purdue, Texas Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Minnesota and USF."

Bennie Coney

It's the time of the year when the focus turns to preseason practice and Coney, who has a strong arm and quick feet, notes that he is excited about his team's potential. "We should go at least 9-1 or 10-0 and go to the playoffs," he says. "That is our goal."

He says his personal goal is to pass for 2,000 yards while leading his team to the state championship even though Plant City will be a squad dominated by juniors.

With his team going to a no-huddle, fast-paced attack that puts a premium on quarterback play, Coney says, "I am really looking forward to that."

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