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Four-star LB takes a step back

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It wasn't long ago that Tevon Coney felt comfortable proclaiming that Clemson and Florida stood out from the pack. The schools responsible for his other 19 scholarship offers lagged behind his favorite two programs. That was that … until the four-star linebacker changed his mind, anyway.
Recruiting, right?
These days, the Tigers and the Gators have returned to the pack. Saying his recruitment has returned to square one is probably a stretch, but Coney is through naming favorites or frontrunners.
"That's not the case anymore because everything is back to even right now," Coney said. "I'm going to take the rest of these visits and see which schools I really fall in love with."
An outside linebacker at Florida's Palm Beach Gardens High School, Coney plans to see as many campuses a possible before he settles on a commitment or even a top two. It looks as though the next visit on his schedule will take place shortly and be awarded to Tennessee.
"I'm supposed to visit Tennessee this week and I plan on doing it, most likely, this weekend," Coney said. "But I haven't set that in stone yet. I've never been there, but I know it's a great schools with a pretty good fan base."
Coney names Florida and Miami as the schools recruiting him the hardest at the moment. And while that, like most things associated with recruiting, is subject to change, he admits that pulling him out of the Sunshine State may be a difficult talk.
He reiterates that there are no favorites in the process. But, at the same time, hints at his affinity for his home state.
"The only way I will be leaving out of state is if the schools out of state seem obviously better than Miami and Florida -- the schools here in Florida," Coney said. "If there's a great school out of state, I have no problem going out of state."
Coney plans to major in engineering and says a school's engineering program will figure heavily into his decision. He'll also take the more cliché recruiting factors into account.
"Beside the engineering program, it will be early playing time, a good relationship with the coaches, a good vibe with the players and the school," Coney said. " I want to be the guy that fits in perfectly with the school I choose."
Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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