Commitment Profile: Bennie Coney

2012 signal-caller Bennie Coney is leaving the warmth of Florida to play his college ball at Cincinnati.

On August 1, the Cincinnati Bearcats received a commitment from Bennie Coney, one of the top signal-callers in the State of Florida.

With his high school career now finished, Coney is looking forward to his future at Cincinnati

We recently talked to Coney over the phone to get the latest on his senior season and his thoughts on the Bearcat program.

How did your senior season go?

"It went pretty good. I felt like it was a disappointment because we didn't do what we wanted to do as a team."

Do you know what your stats were?

"I threw for around 2,300 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions."

You committed to Cincinnati on August 1. How strong is your commitment today?

"It's strong. It's still the same."

Have any other schools been in contact with you since you made your commitment?

"East Carolina and Indiana started to talk to me, but I told them I was strong in my commitment."

Was it better to go through the season without having to worry about recruiting?

"Most definitely. I got kind of tired of it. I went on a couple of unofficial visits and I saw what I wanted. An official visit didn't really mean anything because I already knew what I wanted once I went to Cincinnati."

What is your relationship like with the coaches at Cincinnati?

"We have a great relationship. It seems like I am already up there. They call me once a week and I call them whenever I can. We talk about football, a little bit about life and about the things you have to do to be successful."

Cincinnati has had some very productive quarterbacks in recent seasons. How much of a factor did that play in your decision?

"It didn't, but I as I've looked into the program, I saw that they have had some good quarterbacks, and that just made things even better."

What can Cincinnati fans expect about of you when you arrive on campus?

"They can expect me to be great. It's my motto to work harder than the next person beside me. If he's going 100%, then I'm going to go 110%. I don't think I'll be a disappointment. I'm a grown man now, and I'm ready to become a man on the football field."

Scouting Report

Coney is almost built more like a linebacker than he is a quarterback. Checking in at 6-2, 210-pounds, he is more than capable of standing tall in the pocket when there is a pass rush in his face. One of his best attributes is his ability to run the football. He has the quickness to make people miss in the open field and will be a prime candidate for designed quarterback runs at the next level. He has a very compact delivery and has plenty of arm strength, although he has a tendency to sail some of his passes. Coney did a much better job taking care of the football his senior season, but he still needs to continue working on reading coverages and protecting the football when he is scrambling. The physical tools are there, but his success at the college level will come down to how well he masters the mental part of the game.

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