SMU is pretty much done with the Class of 2014 and has begun turn its attention to 2015. Not very many offers have been extended, but there are a couple of targets on the staff's radar.
On of those prospects is Santa Fe (OK) cornerback Ashton Preston. The 6-foot, 170-pounder impressed at SMU's summer camp and caught the eye of the coaching staff due to his measureables and physicality.
"Coach (Derrick) Odum and Coach (David) Mauer (Graduate Assistant) really liked how physical I was with the receivers and how fundamentally sound I was," Preston said. "I feel like I performed really well. They had me cover the best receiver out there, and I held my own."
Since the camp, Preston has remained in regular contact with Mauer.
"I've talked Coach Mauer on the phone a couple of times. He told me that they are really interested in me and that they like me," Preston said. "My interest in them is pretty high. I really like the school, and Coach Mauer has been really cool."
Preston will be back on the Hilltop when SMU hosts UConn this weekend for an unofficial visit. He said he hopes to see a great atmosphere for a must-win game but is mostly looking forward to speaking with Odum.
"I know SMU has a beautiful campus and on an academic level, they are at the top of the NCAA so I just really want to talk to Coach Odum," Preston said. "I've tried calling him, but he hasn't answered. I just want to see where I stand and build a better relationship with him."
A three-star prospect on ESPN, Preston has also attracted interest from major programs such as Notre Dame and Texas, which are his current favorites. Preston has already made an unofficial visit to Texas and will take one to Notre Dame later this month.
Preston saw his recruitment really shoot up this summer as he trained under Dallas-area defensive back guru Clay Mack. Thanks to Mack, Preston had the opportunity to work side-by-side with major talent such as Texas commit Jason Hall and Oklahoma pledge Marcus Green.
"Coach Mack is really great. He's helped me out so much," Preston said. "The biggest thing I got better was the fundamentals and being more physical at the line. I feel like I'm a completely different player because of Coach Mack."
The extra sessions certainly paid off. Preston is quickly establishing himself as one of the top cornerbacks in Oklahoma and led his team to the playoffs after recording 60 tackles and a couple of interceptions.
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