Utica, N.Y., native DeAndre Preaster picked up his first scholarship offer from the hometown Orange…
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DeAndre Preaster only played 13 quarters of football for Utica-Proctor High School this season, suffering a season-ending injury in the first quarter of his fourth game while catching a touchdown pass, but the 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver still managed to pick up five touchdowns on the season. While he was being recruited by other schools such as Ohio State and Pittsburgh, Syracuse was the one program that stuck with him through it all. "I called Coach White on Thursday morning at about 10 a.m. and left him a voicemail that I was committing to Syracuse, but he hasn't called me back yet," Preaster said. "I think the two biggest things for me were that it is close to home and that the coaching staff there has been with me since my junior year, always showing me a ton of interest. That loyalty played a large role in my decision." "I did get to see them play South Florida at the Carrier Dome and the fans were absolutely great there," Preaster explained. "It was really loud in there and the thing I liked the most was that even when Syracuse was down big the crowd was still cheering them on and showing support." "I just want the Syracuse fans to know that I am going to bring a great work ethic with me and am a player that never gives up," Preaster stated. "I just can't wait to get down there and be a part of the university now." As a junior, Preaster caught 33 passes for 640 yards and six touchdowns. He carried the ball 19 times for another 206 yards. Playing a tad on the other side of the ball, Preaster made 18 tackles, picked off three passes and recovered a fumble and ran it back 96 yards.
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