Irish offer big for Coney

While most Notre Dame fans have been talking about two Midwest quarterbacks holding Irish offers, there is one in Florida who knows his offer is an honor. Irish Eyes spoke with Bennie Coney for the latest on his interest in Notre Dame.

Notre Dame fans have been watching the recruitment of Maty Mauk and Gunner Kiel holding their breaths until one gives his verbal pledge. However, it might be Florida quarterback Bennie Coney who looks to trump both of them.

"The offer from Notre Dame means a lot. To have a chance to play under Coach Kelly means a lot. Coach Mike Elston is a nice coach and Notre Dame has a nice team. It would be great to be able to play for a program like Notre Dame."

While Coney has many offers on the board, the Irish came in early with theirs.

"I do not remember when it was but I believe it was before the season started this past year."

One thing many have wondered is if the Irish were recruiting Coney as an athlete.

"No, Notre Dame is recruiting me as a quarterback."

Coney might look to make a summer visit, however he is hoping to make the Irish one of his official visits and for good reasons. An Irish recruiting target from last year raved about his trips to Notre Dame and Coney is excited to see things for himself.

"I might make it up this summer, but I'm trying to make Notre Dame as one of my official visits. Jordan Prestwood was a big time Notre Dame recruiting target last year and every time he went up there he would come back and tell me how great the facilities were and how great the coaches were and that caught my eye."

Another thing Coney knows the Irish can provide him is a quality education.

"Notre Dame has a great education to offer and I know they are high on their players earning their degrees. My mom always says football is just a broken leg away so education is very important."

On the field Coney does not want to be known as a running quarterback.

"My strengths are that I love to throw the football, just love to throw the ball. I've been working on my footwork and it is getting better and better. I don't just like to run but run when I need to. I don't just hike the ball and run, I like to throw the ball first. I've been putting in the work to improve my game." Top Stories