Plant City (Fla.) offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood had seen everything he needed to see. Over the past two weeks Prestwood took official visits to Florida State and Florida, his two finalists since his decommitment from Notre Dame, and after spending a couple days thinking things over he went ahead and made a decision. He talked about how it played out tonight.
"Driving home from practice I called Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey and I talked with him, I didn't commit then, but I talked to him for a while and then Coach (Rick) Trickett for a while," Prestwood said. "Then I got home and we ate supper, me and my parents had a long talk about it - I have been a 'Nole since the beginning."
Prestwood said the dinner conversation with his parents made it abundantly clear he wanted to spend his collegiate career in Tallahassee.
"We just laid out the pros and cons about all of them," Prestwood said. "They are behind me 100%. They know I am comfortable at FSU. They are comfortable with FSU. They knew that was the best fit for me. We were all excited about it."
After dinner, Prestwood dialed back up the Seminole coaching staff and officially delivered the big news.
"I called back the coaches about 20 minutes ago and that is when I officially told them," Prestwood said. "I called Coach Dawsey and told him. Right when he heard they all started freaking out. Then I talked with Coach Trickett and Coach Fisher. I talked to pretty much the whole coaching staff."
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman said that he was pretty confident after leaving Gainesville on Sunday that he knew where he wanted to go but wanted to allow his visit to the Gators time to sink in.
"I didn't want to make the decision right after the visit because I knew I would be feeling emotions about the game and the visit," Prestwood said. "Florida is still a great place but I wanted the emotions to wear off a bit and think things out. Last night I slept on it and thought about it, I knew, I knew I was a 'Nole."
While numerous factors played into his decision, one of the main ones for the former tight end who made the move to the offensive line over the past two years, is the opportunity to line up and be coached by Rick Trickett.
"I want to be coached by a guy like that," Prestwood said. "I want to be coached by a guy like Trickett. He works his players hard and he demands a lot, but he gets the most out of them. That is definitely one of the biggest parts of my decision."
Prestwood, who plans to attend the Florida State-Florida game later this month, is set to enroll in January at Florida State. Plant City opens in the playoffs on Friday night against Tampa (Fla.) Plant.