USF Joins Coney's Long List of Offers

USF Joins Coney's Long List of Offers

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) three-star junior linebacker, Tevon Coney, has landed scholarship offers from over a dozen BCS schools thus far. The No. 12 middle linebacker in the country talks about his latest offer from USF, upcoming visit to Florida, what he's looking for in a school, and more.

With excellent explosiveness, speed and closing ability for a young linebacker at the high school level, 2015 Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) three-star middle linebacker, Tevon Coney, has garnered attention from college coaches for quite some time.

After racking up 172 tackles, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions as a junior in 2013, the 6-foot-2 220-pound defensive playmaker has landed scholarship offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Miami, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio State and West Virginia in the recruiting process.

Before calling it a night on Tuesday, Coney was awarded with an additional scholarship offer from South Florida, a school he's not too familiar with, but is eager to learn more about in the foreseeable future.

"The offer was a surprise," Coney said. "The coach hit me up on Facebook to tell me that USF wanted me, it was a great school, and he wanted me to check it out. It was coach (Ron) Cooper (defensive backs).

"He wanted me to give him a call and that's when he gave me the great news. I don't know too much about them, but now that I have the offer, I'll definitely be taking a look into them."

This upcoming weekend, Coney and his family will be driving up to Gainesville to visit Will Muschamp's Gators.

"On Friday and Saturday, I'll be at Florida," Coney said. "I just want to check out the campus and talk to the coaches. I also want to see what type of defense they run, see how many linebackers they have and how many are leaving, and check out their practice."

Like many young football players across the country, reaching the National Football League has been a dream for Coney for quite some time.

But with plans to major in Engineering once he arrives on a college campus next year, academics will be a major factor in the linebacker's college decision.

"One of the things I'm looking for in a school is a great Engineering program," Coney said. "I have to feel at home and feel safe. I have to be able to see myself there for four years. Distance is not a factor."

While the Palm Beach Gardens native knows what he's looking for in a college program, don't expect a decision to come for several months.

"I plan on making my decision probably after my senior season."

Coney says he has no leaders in his recruitment.

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