Dewey's Recruitment Gaining Steam

Good thing's come to those who wait is a great expression to use when talking about Preston Dewey's recruitment as he is starting to become one of the most hotly pursued arms in the region after making a move to play for St. Andrew's.

In 2010 Preston Dewey, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound quarterback made the move to St. Andrew's High, a school that is coached by former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

The move has paid dividends and his recruitment has really started to take off.

Southern Miss was the first school to step up with a scholarship offer and late last week he found out that UCLA was joining the mix, making the Bruins his first BCS verbal offer. Since then Utah and Wyoming have also joined the mix giving the talented gunslinger four offers.

"It is nice getting another chance," Dewey began. "I am a whole year older and I have matured a lot physically. I am a lot more further along than I was one year ago and it has definitely made me a lot more confident. My arm is stronger."

"I added more size. I am up about 15 pounds. I have a lot more arm strength and just being able to make more throws has improved my accuracy a lot. I am working hard on footwork. I have been working out with coach Detmer and he has helped me improve every aspect of my game."

Dewey was super impressed when UCLA stepped up to the plate. It is definitely a school that he knows has a great history of producing solid arms and developing sound quarterbacks. He is not hoping to make too many more trips over next few weeks, but does want to try to get out to L.A. and see the campus sometime this spring.

"They have made a name for themselves and I am really excited and it is humbling to get an offer from UCLA," reported a happy Dewey. "Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and coach (Mike) Johnson have an NFL background and experience. It is a pretty cool deal."

Over recent weeks Dewey has made trips to see a good amount of campuses. He has seen Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Arizona State and LSU. He is receiving a lot of solid interest from all of those programs and more and there are even more schools scheduled to see him throw when the evaluation period begins.

Right now he is not set to eliminate many or any of the potential suitors from his list and he is not trying to put schools in any kind of an order.

"All of these schools have opened up my eyes to a all of the different things that are out there," Dewey began. "I am open to all of the schools and do not have a one, two, three, four type of list. UNC, Alabama, LSU, UCLA and Arizona State, I really enjoyed all of those schools."

Obviously a visit to see the Crimson Tide was a cool experience for the quarterback who may draw some comparisons to Greg McElroy in some respects. They may have different pedigrees and come from completely different prep backgrounds, but talent wise there could be a comparison made and even the Tide staff pointed that out.

"I feel like I am like Greg in a lot of ways," Dewey explained. "They (Bama) have been showing me a lot of interest and they told me that I remind them of him and that I would fit in to that style of offense very well, because I am an accurate passer."

Dewey received his offer UCLA last Friday just a couple of hours before he left on an unofficial visit to see LSU, who had a scrimmage the day he was there. He enjoyed the campus and had a great time meeting with the coaching staff. The tigers did not offer, but they are keeping a close eye on him.

"It was nice," Dewey said of the trip to Baton Rouge. "Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe is a great guy and he definitely knows what he is doing. They are going to have a powerful offense."

"They have not got to see me throw in person yet and they said they are going to get down in the spring and see me throw. They are very interested. They like how I am being coached in high school and they like that I am ahead of the game as far as ‘Football IQ'".

In his first year starting for St. Andrews, the 2012 recruit threw for nearly 1500 yards, with 13 touchdowns to five interceptions. He had a 59% completion ratio and ran for 212 yards.

Dewey will attend the Regional Elite 11 event at TCU on Saturday.

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