Florida four-star TE gets Rutgers offer

Rutgers had a great haul in Florida in the 2010 class, and is trying to make a mark there again in 2011. This week a converted offensive tackle who is now playing tight end received an offer from the Scarlet Knights. He is being recruited by some of college football's top programs, and talked about whether Rutgers will be a factor down the road.

The offer Plant City (Fla.) High four-star tight end Jordan Prestwood received from Rutgers earlier this week mirrors his rise to top-end recruit.

He was an offensive tackle throughout his career, until Plant City coach Jason Strunk suggested a move to tight end prior to the 2009 season.

Now, the Scarlet Knights are hoping their recent run of good fortune in Florida recruiting continues with Prestwood, who said he was going to consider all schools at this juncture of the recruiting game.

"I'm wide open with it,'' the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Prestwood said. "It's all about where I fit in at.''

But how Prestwood would meld into the Rutgers campus, its academic program and social life is something that will require some research. Prestwood hasn't had much correspondence with the Scarlet Knights.

"To tell you the truth, (the offer) came out of the blue,'' Prestwood said. "I got some letters from them, but it came out of nowhere, really. I'm sure I will (learn about the coaches). They'll probably be coming down here in the spring.''

While Prestwood's knowledge of the Scarlet Knights is limited to the basics, he is familiar with what they do on the field.

"I watch them,'' he said. "They had a good season this year, and I watched the bowl game.'' Prestwood also has offers from Florida International, South Florida, Central Florida, Purdue, South Carolina, Auburn, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Florida State.

He is also believes Florida, Alabama and USC, all of whom are recruiting him, will offer at some point.

"I think it's really exciting,'' said Prestwood, who added heading to a top five program isn't a given. "I'm looking for comfort level. That's probably the most important.''

The interest in Prestwood has taken off since he moved from tackle to tight end at the urging of Strunk.

As a junior, Prestwood caught 27 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. He is also an above average blocker.

"Since I played offensive line pretty much my whole life, and then this was my first year playing tight end, I think my blocking ability comes natural,'' Prestwood said. "My coach thought it would be a good decision to change position, and I had a good season, so it ended up being a good decision. I'm getting a lot of interest.

"I knew I was good at catching and stuff like that, but I really didn't do it until this year. (Strunk) saw how athletic I am.''

Prestwood already has an outline for his summer camp tour as well.

"I know I'm going to some 7-on-7 camps,'' he said. "I'll go to Auburn, South Carolina and I'll be up at Notre Dame. Other than that, I don't know yet. There could be more coming.''

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