Dewey taking advantage of second chance

Former Westlake Austin 2011 quarterback Preston Dewey is getting a second chance. Now a 2012 recruit, Dewey is St. Andrews in Austin, learning from former Heisman Trophy quarterback Ty Detmer. Come inside as Dewey updates on who is recruiting him. Plus, how was his recent conversation with SMU offensive coordinator Dan Morrison.

Second chances in recruiting are a rare occurrence. Usually the only way it happens is if a player heads to the junior college ranks, losing precious years of eligibility at the next level.

Then there is 2012 quarterback Preston Dewey's situation.

The former Westlake Austin quarterback could never beat out upperclassman Tanner Price (Wake Forest) for the top spot.

Knowing that his chances to play were limited to just one year or possibly as a backup again (sometimes coaches elect to go with a junior over a senior so they have two years to work with them), Dewey decided to transfer to St. Andrews.

The Crusaders were a struggling program, but a head coach hiring of former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer excited the Deweys.

"That is a good resource to learn from. He lets me know about everything I need to read coverage's and different defenses," said Dewey. "He has probably helped with the mental aspect of the game, but we do everything. He's making me a lot better. I really have enjoyed spending time with him."

So how is Dewey getting a second shot in his recruitment?

Due to Southwest Preparatory Conference rules, the 2011 quarterback was granted another year of eligibility, meaning he could now go through the junior class recruiting process again.

"It feels good, it's nice to go back a year and start the process over. I felt like this is where I should have been last year, but I sort of went unnoticed. Now that I have a year of football experience under my belt, I think that helps a lot," said Dewey. "I'm going to be a two-year starter and Coach Detmer is helping me out a lot. He's calling programs, letting them know that I'm now a 2012 recruit. I'm getting a lot of love from a lot of people, and we are expecting some offers really soon.

"I'm going on a bunch of trips this spring, schools really want me to come out and meet with their staffs. Right now, schools that I'm talking to include Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, and Texas A&M."

Another school that Dewey is gaining interest from is SMU. The quarterback liked the Mustangs last year, attending their junior day and hitting up multiple games.

"I actually just had a long conversation with Coach Morrison," said Dewey on Wednesday night. "We just talked about where I fit in on their board at this point. They want me to come out and watch a couple of practices and meet with them afterward, see the campus, which I have already done. I love the campus, so it would never hurt to go back there.

"The first offer is really going to weigh big in my mind. I want to get this over with as quickly as possible. The first time that offers is automatically going to jump to the top of my list more than likely. I would really like to not have to worry about it anymore. Hopefully I have to only go to one camp this summer and that is the camp of the team I verbal to."

Dewey stands at 6-foot-3 and nearly 200 pounds. 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.

In Coach Detmer's first season, St. Andrew finished 0-9, but was widely considered a very young team.

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