Sooners Illustrated continues its countdown of the top 25 prospects in Oklahoma for the 2015 class…
Preston Nearing First Offers
Edmond (OK) Santa Fe junior cornerback Ashton Preston is still an under the radar prospect but may not be for too long. When looking at his high school film he shows a knack for physical play and also flies to the ball. He flashes and is easily picked out on the field. Preston discussed his junior season and what he thought he did well, and a few areas he'd like to improve on. "My junior season went pretty well," he said. "There were some things that I could have done better. I like to be able to show off my real talent. We didn't have a good season as a team but we aren't letting it phase us going forward." "The strength of my game is my physicality," Preston added. "I love to get physical with the wide receivers and it's all over my film. I've no problem putting my hands on a receiver. I also pride myself on closing speed but I want to be faster." Though Preston has not received any scholarship offers yet, he has been hearing from several schools and his first offer may not be far away. "I'm hearing from Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette, Northwestern, and Purdue," Preston noted. "I think I'll have an offer soon. I think some of those schools are close and have expressed a strong interest in me, especially Lafayette, Purdue, and Northwestern. Most of the coaching staffs have told me they'd like to see me at camp before deciding to offer, though." The Longhorns previous staff had established a strong connection with the three-star junior and he's back to square one and building new relationships with the program. "Texas was real interested until a lot of the staff left," Preston revealed. "The previous staff was very high on me. I keep in pretty good contact with the new Texas staff. We are just trying to get to know each other better. I had a real good relationship with the last staff and I'm trying to get back to that with the new staff they have there." Preston has taken two trips so far for junior day visits, to Oklahoma State and Tulsa. "Tulsa is a great school," he mentioned. "It was my first time being there and it's very intriguing. They told me how that if all their alumni came to the stadium that they couldn't even fill it up because they are tough on who they accept into school." "I really like Oklahoma State," Preston continued. It is a nice school. They have good academics and it's one I'm real interested in. I really liked hanging out with their coaching staff." A long-distance trip could be in the works for Preston as well as he strongly considers a couple Big Ten programs. "I think we are trying to set up a visit to actually go up and see Purdue and Northwestern," he said. "They both like me. It isn't for sure yet and we're just trying to figure it all out still." Even if the offers start rolling in for Preston he plans to be patient and is in no hurry to make a college decision. "I'll take my time with my recruiting process and enjoy it," he stated. "I don't really have my heart set on one school."
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