Coney Hopes To Get To Pitt

Plant City (FL) Bennie Coney talks about the schools that have offered him, and what he's looking for in a school.

Bennie Coney had a number of college coaches come through his school, making verbal offers. He's heard a lot from Cincinnati, Louisville and Arkansas. Pittsburgh also came by, and gave him a verbal offer.

"So far, they dropped by in the spring, came to spring game, all that good stuff," Coney said. "They offered, they liked what they saw. I'm just now learning more about the school, the Big East and all that. I'm still doing some research."

Coney said that Tony Gibson is recruiting him. Part of that research he is doing includes taking a look at the offense. He is pleased to know about Pitt's offense. When informed they were switching to more of a spread offense, he was pleased to hear that.

"I haven't seen their new offense, but if it's a spread, that's even better," Coney added. "I really don't know too much. I'm just trying to take a visit and develop a relationship with the coaches."

Coney says he has also received some interest from some other Big East schools, and would like to check out those schools as well.

"There's Louisville, and I like Cincinnati a lot; they spread the ball around a lot with five-wide," Coney said. "I like (Cincinnati's) coaches. They're pretty cool coaches. I met their head coach. He's a pretty good dude. I liked Louisville. Charlie Strong is trying to bring that school back. They're more of a pro offense. I like Arkansas too. Ryan Mallett is in the NFL. That shows you right there what they can do. They're in the SEC, and that's some big-time football. I'm liking Virginia Tech too. They have a great offense."

When it comes to what would make a school stand out, Coney lists a number of factors that he is looking for in his college choice.

"First, it'll be academics, somewhere I can go and accelerate in the classroom," Coney said. "That's something my mom always preaches to me. Then, I'll look at the program, and how hard they work to better themselves. Third, is if they can put you in the NFL. There's a small percentage of players that actually make it to the NFL, but is always a possibility."

Coney was limited as a junior, playing in four games. In those four games, he finished with 1,100 yards passing, 12 passing touchdowns and another five rushing touchdowns.

"I'm just trying to let it flow, with the official visits," Coney said. "It's a real, big decision. I'm going to ride it out as long as I can. I know for sure I want to visit Cincinnati, Louisville and Arkansas. Hopefully, I can get to Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech too."

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