Prestwood set to transfer to Notre Dame

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If the Irish coaching staff’s never-say-die attitude helped them with Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams and Stephon Tuitt, then it really paid dividends with offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood.

One of the top tackle targets in the class of 2011, Prestwood was committed to the Irish until he changed his mind in November, flipping to the home-state Seminoles and enrolling early in school this January. But tonight news broke that Prestwood plans to transfer from FSU after just one semester with the intent of enrolling at Notre Dame, a credit to the work Tony Alford and his position coach Ed Warinner did with the talented left tackle.

The rumblings of Prestwood’s discontentment aren’t exactly new news, as recruiting guru Tom Lemming discussed with Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune.

“I had been hearing rumblings about that for a while, that he wasn’t happy at Florida State,” CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said Thursday night. “This is a big pick-up for Notre Dame.

“Jordan has long arms and he moves his feet well. He was one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country in the 2011 recruiting cycle, and sitting out a year will really benefit him, because he played tight end in high school.”

“It’s like Notre Dame got the elite offensive tackle they were looking for, for their 2012 recruiting class,” Lemming said. “A lot of credit goes to (ND assistant coach) Tony Alford. When Prestwood flipped to Florida State, Alford handled it with class and wished him well. A lot of coaches would get mad and burn bridges under those circumstances.”

Prestwood had offers from Auburn, Florida and USC before choosing Florida State. He spent time with the first offense during spring practice for the Seminoles and will sit out the 2011 season as a transfer, essentially redshirting with four years of eligibility left.

Talk about a gift added to the 2011 recruiting class, a group that was already pretty well stocked, but could’ve used one more offensive tackle prospect. No word on whether or not Prestwood will enroll for summer classes yet, but Irish football players are reporting in the next week, so we’ll know soon enough.