Coney Talks Recruiting

Bennie Coney out of Plant City, Florida is one of the top quarterbacks in the Tampa area for the 2012 class. He possesses a good balance of arm strength and scrambling ability to make him a versatile dual threat signal caller. He's been through some turmoil this past season but has remediated any problems and is looking toward his senior season and success on the field.

"I did pretty good this season until I got into some trouble with a teammate and was kicked off the team. I only played four games this season, but I threw for 1100 yards and 12 touchdowns," Coney stated. "I shouldn't have gotten kicked off, but I did what they said because I didn't want to get anything messed up. I'm not thinking about transferring, I'm happy here and will be a better person next season."

Even with his short season Coney had some impressive games, one in particular stands out to him.

"I had a very good game against Bloomingdale. I threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns I ran for another too," he said.

He's already landed 12 offers so far, and is sure more will come.

"Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Auburn, Wake Forest, South Carolina, South Florida, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, and Minnesota have all offered me so far," Coney added. "My favorites would be Florida State, Virginia Tech, and USF."

He's gone to several camps and has also been on a few unofficial visits. It was a trip to Tallahassee, however, that really caught his eye. "I've been to FSU, Auburn, South Carolina, Miami and USF. The Florida State trip stuck out to me more because I loved the environment during the game. They blew out Wake Forest and I had a great time," he discussed.

Even this early in the recruiting process he already has mapped out his five official visits. "I will wait till signing day, and will take all of my officials. I'm going to take my officials at USF, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Florida State, and Auburn," Coney revealed.

Coney wants to continue to improve on his academics and will be taking the SAT and ACT early in 2011.

"My grades are good I have 2.95 GPA and will be getting my report card when I get back to school in January. It should be up around a 3.0 then. I will be taking my SAT in February and the ACT after that," he explained.

When making his decision next year it'll come down to academics and how his relationship is with his new coaches and teammates. "Academics are top in my book, because I know football will end at some time. I want some good coaching as well, someone who knows the game well. I want a good relationship with my teammates too, just a good overall program. Distance isn't going to mean much to me, I want to go whichever is the best fit for me," he finished.

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