November 3, 2008

Preston has co-favorites

Dickinson (Texas) offensive lineman Ed Preston isn't planning on taking any official visits until the completion of his senior season, but he's already determined his college selection will likely come down to one of two schools.

"It's most likely going to come down to ASU and TCU," Preston said. "Most likely TCU if they offer but I'm not completely sure yet if they will or not."

Preston's uncle is John Marsh, who was a standout 6-foot-8 all-league offensive lineman for TCU through the 1991 season.

"He wants me to go to TCU and I like TCU a lot too," Preston said. "I want to visit ASU for sure though and maybe UTEP and Southern Miss. Those schools have offered me as well as McNeese State."

ASU defensive coordinator Craig Bray is recruiting Preston, and the lineman said he has a good feel for the coach.

"Coach Bray, when we talk, we have a good relationship," Preston said. "I think we know what we're going to say before we say it. He has told me good things about ASU and I would like to go see the school for myself."

The 6-foot-4 Preston projects as an offensive guard for now, but further growth could allow him to play on the outside at the next level.

"I'm not even shaving yet," Preston said. "My uncles all grew a few inches in college and it looks like I probably will too. I definitely could end up a good bit taller yet, I think."

Dickinson started its season with six straight wins before losing its two most recent times out, to Clear Lake and Ball. This Friday it will take on Clear Springs in the regular season finale.

"It's going pretty well," Preston. "Our last game was kind of a heartbreaker. We played not as well as we should have but you know how it is, that just happens sometimes. We just want to win this last game and go into the playoffs on a good note."

Preston said he's enjoying watching his senior year play out, but he's also anxious for the challenges ahead of him at the next level.

"It's kind of sad but it's kind of exciting too," he said. "Knowing I'm good enough to go to play in college means a lot to me and I'm ready for everything that comes along with that like the speed of the game and the bigger, stronger guys. I'm looking forward to it."

Asked to describe his style of play, Preston said the following:

"I'm off the wall very aggressive and you don't want to line up against me. But I play with composure. I play composed but I harness my aggression. I'll put you on your butt. Right now I think I'm a little better run blocker than pass blocker. In the past I was a better pass blocker than run but I think my run blocking caught up and is maybe a little better now. I don't know, it's pretty close."

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