Film Study: Notre Dame LB commit Te'von Coney
LB commit Te’von Coney, 6-1, 222; Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High
The numbers: Coney racked up 136 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in his senior season. Palm Beach Gardens (6-6) lost in the second round of the FHSAA Class 8-A playoffs.
The rankings: Rivals – Four stars, No. 11 ILB. 247Sports – Three stars, No. 12 ILB.
First impression: Coney is a hard-hitting inside linebacker who loves contact. He’s an aggressive player with good instincts that could help him develop into a reliable middle linebacker at Notre Dame.
Strengths: Ball carriers rarely fall forward when being tackled by Coney. His physicality at the point of attack allowed him to be a tackling machine at Palm Beach Gardens. Coney shows patience when diagnosing the offense and finds a way to get to where the ball is going. He does a decent job of shedding blocks at the high school level. When asked to be aggressive, Coney looks most comfortable. He’s constantly a threat to provide pressure in the middle of the offensive line. He anticipates the snap well on blitzes.
He did what? (:27) Blitzing at the snap, Coney knifes into the backfield with a pulling lineman bearing down on him. But Coney’s quickness allows him to beat the lineman to the hole and keep him at an arm’s length. Coney bounces away from the blocker and wraps up the running back for a loss … (1:30) Starting in the middle of the field, Coney tracks down a wide receiver reverse just before the wideout can turn the corner. Coney limits the play to a short gain by ranging all the way to the sideline … (3:22) Coney sheds an oncoming blocker with textbook precision. He shoves the center to the side and immediately wraps up the running back headed his way.
Competition level: Coney played against talented competition in the fertile football state of Florida. Palm Beach Gardens is slated in the biggest classification for the state playoffs. The talent around Palm Beach and South Florida is heavily recruited. The Irish have already offered one of Coney’s teammates, Devin Studstill, 2016 defensive back.
Left to prove: Coney will need to improve his strength and speed to play with a similar physicality in college. He looks a bit undersized on film and could have trouble trying to shed college offensive linemen trying to block him. Coney’s instincts led him to the right spots on the field in high school, but his footwork could be improved. He had a tendency to tiptoe a bit, but was able to make up ground at Palm Beach Gardens. At Notre Dame, Coney won’t be able to waste time in getting from point A to point B.
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