With the official start of summer just beginning, many Texas high school players are dreaming of August. When they finally get a chance to put the pads back on. For SMU quarterback commitment Conner Preston, he doesn't have to dream much longer. Practices start Monday for the Serra High (CA) returning starter.
"I'm pumped, I get bored without fooseball," said Preston to PonyStampede.com.
The senior signal-caller will need all the time he can get to adjust to a few new receivers. The Cavaliers offense lost Robert Woods (2010 Scout.com No.1 receiver in the nation) and Paul Richardson (2010 Scout.com No. 22 receiver in the nation) to graduation.
Preston does have a solid nucleus returning around him on the offensive side of football. George Farmer (2011 Scout.com No. 2 receiver in the nation) expects to be his main target. Running back Shaq Richards is a bit undersize, but is hard to bring down when going through the middle. Serra won the state tournament in their class last season, and expect to compete for another this year.
It's been a little over two weeks since Preston pulled the trigger, committing to the Mustangs on June 8th. Since then, there has been a lot less stress in his life.
"I can now focus on my team and do all I can to try to win another state championship," said Preston. "My friends, family and coaches have supported this move from the beginning. Almost everyone I know has made a point to congratulate me. Although I had offers through out the process, until I committed, it never really sunk in to everyone that I am going to play D1 football and now it has."
Like many SMU recruits in the 2011 class that have committed, Preston's decision hasn't stopped other schools from recruiting the quarterback.
"Recruiting is a funny thing. Sometimes committing ends the process and for some it takes off. For me its stayed about the same, but my coach tells me that over this summer and fall he thinks it will take off."
Preston started all 15 games for the Serra Cavs last season, rarely finishing any because of so many blowout. He still put up over 3,500 yards and over 200 yards rushing, and threw 44 touchdown passes in all.