Change is No Big Thing

Jordan Prestwood is in the process of transitioning from tight end to offensive tackle, and he's enjoying every minute of it. The Notre Dame commitment from Plant City High School (Plant City, Fla.) is the No. 10 ranked offensive tackle by Scout.com and he's just starting to scratch the surface of his potential.

In the past, Jordan Prestwood (6-foot-6, 265-pounds)has spent the summers competing in 7-on-7 tournaments as a tight end. Heading into this summer, he knew he was entering another phase of his playing career.

"This was my 7-on-7 retirement," Prestwood joked. "I did the 7-on-7 at Auburn for the last time. I played tight end. I was doing it just for fun. They didn't have a lineman camp that week, so my coach let me go out there and have some fun. I feel I'll be a lot better at offensive tackle than I would at tight end, so I'm looking forward to playing offensive tackle this season.

"I just got done with the ‘Big Man Challenge' at USF and that went really well. It was a two-day camp. We did basic teaching sessions, and then we did some one-on-ones. In the second session we did the ‘Big Man Challenge' which was an obstacle course. I didn't lose a one-on-one and I thought I did pretty good in the obstacle course that they had."

Prestwood will play offensive tackle and defensive end during his senior season, but during the USF camp he worked out at offensive tackle.

"I'm really excited," Prestwood said of his transition to the offensive line. "At the camp, I felt really athletic and I was really able to move. I think the size that I am now and being able to move like I can, it's going to be a really good year for me."

If it's a good year for Prestwood, it will most likely mean that Plant City will enjoy a successful 2010 season as well.

"I think we're going to be really good this year," Prestwood explained. "We've got a lot of players coming back. Our quarterback, Bennie Coney is a stud. We have some big wide receivers. We have a lot of juniors that are going to be coming back, so we're looking solid.

"I'm expecting that if we're not undefeated, that we'll be 9-1. But I'm expecting an undefeated season. I really think we have the ability to do that."

Prestwood is looking forward to having a successful senior season and a run into the state playoffs. One thing that he's hoping he doesn't see a lot of during the fall is college recruiters.

"They're all still trying to recruit me," he said. "The ones that are really recruiting hard are most of the bigger schools like the USC, Florida State, Florida, and Alabama, but I just say, ‘thanks, no thanks.' I'm definitely solid, 100 percent Notre Dame.

Prestwood will take an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on August 4-5 to meet with the Irish coaches and several of his classmates.


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