Junior quarterback Bennie Coney of Plant City (Fla.) had a very hectic fall. What started with plenty of hope and anticipation, ended with him suspended for the later part of the season. Now with all of that behind him, Coney is focusing on his future and his busy recruitment, which includes three early favorites.
"Recruiting is good," said Coney, who is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. "It's a little slow right this second."
While recruiting may be rather slow currently, Coney already holds numerous offers, including from top programs like Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Virginia Tech, South Florida and Texas Tech.
Coney mentioned that Florida State, Virginia Tech and Michigan are currently showing him the most interest, and he was able to check out two of these schools in action this fall.
"I went to the Florida State/Wake Forest game, Miami/Florida State and South Florida/Rutgers," said Coney. "The Florida State game was good, and the Virginia Tech game. I enjoyed both of those a lot."
Coney is hoping to visit a number of other schools when he gets the opportunity.
"Most definitely, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Auburn and Michigan," said Coney.
While it's early in his process, Coney does already have three schools that are standing out above the others.
"Florida State, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame," said Coney. "What stands out about them are their coaches, their programs, the players that they're developing and the progress that they have had."
Coney has a few things he is looking for in a program and a school.
"Just a good program and great coaches," said Coney. "I feel like I have a lot to learn and I think if I was surrounded by great coaches it would make me a better quarterback. I want a good education and a lot more."
For Coney, his junior season was a growing experience.
"The season was good until I got suspended for the remainder of the season," said Coney. "I got into a minor altercation with a player and I had to pay for it. I'm using it as a learning stand point. I have to become more of a leader. But the games I did play, I did great."
Coney ended up missing six games, which includes a playoff game, and realizes that is one of the things he needs to work on this off-season.
"I want to improve my attitude to start off," said Coney. "I also want to get faster. I want to read the field faster, drop from the center faster and just keep working on the basic footwork."
During his time on the field this fall, Coney finished with 1,159 yards passing and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 360 yards and five touchdowns.