CoachSpeak: Ward Breaks Down Prestwood

Plant City (Fla.) High coach Wayne Ward told earlier this week former star offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood's transfer from Florida State to Notre Dame was official. So, now that Prestwood is wish the Irish, what are they getting in the class of 2011 four-star? Ward gave his scouting report to

Jordan Prestwood had 15 spring practices and a semester experience at Florida State, but he is not much different than most of the other freshmen enrolling at Notre Dame next week.

He also remains similar to the player who was a standout four-star player for Plant City (Fla.) High last season, and his coach spoke to about what the Irish are getting in No. 10 offensive tackle in's 2011 class.

"He was a nasty player," Plant City coach Wayne Ward said. "He had every tool, as a player, you could possess. He had great feet, great hands. He would come off the ball, and the one thing you can't coach, you can't coach size. And he has that."

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Prestwood played left tackle, right tackle and both guard positions at Plant City, and his athleticism showed as he was asked to pull from each of those positions.

"He did it all for us," Ward said. "He actually liked getting out in open space and taking on a defensive back. He would lick his chops when he got a chance to hit a safety.

"He could be successful wherever he plays. But honestly, I think he's a left tackle."

Since Prestwood enrolled at Florida State in January before transferring to Notre Dame this summer, he must much sit out the 2011 season under NCAA transfer rules.

However, it will give him time to add strength, re-shape his body and focus on an area he didn't need to use much at Plant City.

"When it comes to pass protection, when he was here, that was an area that he needed to work on," Ward said. "I'm not sure if that's gotten any better. I'm sure that going to the next level and getting coached by the coaches he had (at Florida State), that he has gotten better. When he was here, pass pro was an area he needed to improve."

During Prestwood's senior season, Plant City average 169 rushing yards, nearly 400 yards of total offense and 28.7 points per game, and he was an integral part of the production.

"He loved to run the football," Ward said. "Like all the linemen, he loved to run the football."

And while Ward described Prestwood as "nasty" on the field (all in a legal way), off the field his personality is different.

"He would just flick a switch," Ward said. "Off the field, he's a great kid, and comes from a wonderful family." Top Stories