"This summer, the camps that I went to were (Texas) A&M, Baylor, TCU and Mississippi State," said Preston. "I talked to (senior assistant/quarterbacks) Coach (Tom) Rossley at A&M and (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks) Coach (Les) Koenning at Mississippi State."
Both coaches expressed significant interest in the 6-3, 185-pound signal caller.
"(Coach Rossley) said in my class there are a handful of quarterbacks, around 5 or 6, that they are going to keep track of and that I am one of those," said the youngster. "(He) said he really likes my accuracy and my footwork. That was pretty much what Coach Koenning said also. And he said they really like me also."
Preston came away just as impressed with Mississippi State and Texas A&M as they were with him.
"This was my first time to go to Mississippi State," said Preston. "I really liked them. I really liked the campus and their coaching staff. And (MSU head) Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach Koenning both have a lot of experience with quarterbacks and they did a really good job at the camp."
Preston knew Coach Koenning when he was coaching at Texas A&M.
"Coach Koenning was at A&M and knew me from there and I knew him," said Preston. "I've always liked Coach Koenning."
While not ever having met Mullen prior to the camp, he knew of his history of developing quarterbacks.
"I met Coach Mullen for the first time at the camp," said the sixteen-year-old. "I knew about him and all his experience, being at Utah and coaching Alex Smith and Florida's Tim Tebow."
That quarterback expertise by Mullen moved Mississippi State up on his recruiting pecking order.
"They are one of my top schools right now, them and A&M," said Preston, whose father, Mike Dewey, was a deep snapper for Texas A&M in the 1970s.
Preston, according to an earlier article on the Scout.com Texas A&M site, also has Baylor, TCU and SMU on his tentative wish list of schools.
While the recruiting attention has been fun, he knows there is still a lot of work ahead if he wants to receive scholarship offers from schools of that magnitude.
"I've always worked a lot on my footwork," said Preston, who expects to get a third of the snaps this season while playing behind Wake Forest commitment Tanner Price. "I have a private quarterback coach and that's mainly what he and I have worked on. I also work a lot on arm-strength and accuracy. I'm also getting faster. The fastest that I have been clocked at is 4.7 and I would like to get that down."
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