Irish Eyes Take: Jordan Prestwood

Word began to spread Thursday about the future of offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood. Once a Notre Dame pledge, Prestwood changed his mind and signed with Florida State as an early enrollee. Now he's headed to the Irish. Here's our take on the newest member of Notre Dame's class.

Notre Dame found a pot of gold under an early summer rainbow as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country has made the decision to transfer to the Irish.

Jordon Prestwood was highly thought of in the recruiting world earning a 4-star ranking from as the tenth best offensive tackle in the Class of 2011. While Prestwood gave Irish fans something to be happy about in April of 2010, he soon broke their hearts when he changed his commitment from the Irish in October and signed with Florida State as an early enrollee.

Now, after a few months of rumors about his unhappiness, it looks as if paper work is the only thing holding Prestwood back from officially becoming a member of the Irish.

What To Like

Projected as one of the top offensive linemen in the Class of 2011, Jordan Prestwood will be a welcomed addition to the Irish program.

At 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, Prestwood showed great athletic ability as an offensive tackle prospect after moving from being a tight end most of his high school career.

With his great balance, length, and coordination, Prestwood is the type of player Paul Longo loves to work with.

What May Concern You What made Jordan Prestwood unhappy at Florida State?

One factor could have been FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett. While considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the country, many players have found Trickett to be more than they can handle.

FSU O-Line Coach Rick Trickett,
Or did Prestwood find he just wasn't a good fit in the Seminoles program?

Whatever the reasons, you have to have a very small bit of concern about the reasons for his change of heart.

Bottom Line

When looking at the ideal offensive lineman for Brian Kelly's offense, look for players like Jordan Prestwood. Great length and athletic ability will allow Prestwood to have a chance to be very successful in an Irish uniform.

While Jordan will have to sit out this season, this would have been expected with the talent along the Irish offensive line and the overall development needed by most offensive linemen coming out of high school.

Jordan does need some technique work, but he is also ahead of the curve having spent the spring in the college ranks.

Prestwood's change of heart now gives the Irish more depth along the line and an even brighter future. Top Stories