Recruiting Recap: Ed Preston

USM wrapped up their recruiting class a few months ago, finishing with one of the most promising classes that will ever grace Hattiesburg. Over the course of the summer I plan on talking with the highlights of this recruiting class to get their perspective on the next season. This time, we talk to Ed Preston.

USM's offensive line will remain mostly intact, despite the loss of All Conference tackle Ryan Mckee. Still, having depth on the line is always a good thing and Larry Fedora did a great job of adding to that depth with this class.

Preston flew under the radar for most of the recruiting season, but he chose USM over two other FBS schools, including a big PAC-10 school.

"I just fell in love with Southern Miss," said the 6-4 freshman to be "Arizona State is just way too big for me. At USM everybody knows you and at ASU you are just another face."

Another thing that really sold Preston on USM was the coaches.

"The coaches are wonderful man, absolutely outstanding," said Preston "the plays that they run at USM are the same plays that I run at my high school so I shouldn't have any trouble transitioning."

He is yet to arrive on campus, but Preston is already making a bond with the incoming freshman and the hardened veterans alike.

"I met Jonathon Guerry earlier in the year," said Preston "I got to meet Cameron Zipp, Ryan Mckee, Ryan Hebert, along with a few other guys."

Ed believes that he will bring a lot of unique attributes to the table as a Golden Eagle.

"I bring aggression, period. I bring an aggressive style of play. I am somewhat of a finesse guy, but I know how to bring power and bring the pain."

Ed plans to come here and make some noise right out of the gate, but wants to keep the best interest of the team as his first priority.

"I want to come there and kick butt, but if the coaches feel like I need a year to develop that will be ok," said Preston "I will be happy to redshirt and I will be happy to start."

Ed is excited to be able to play with all of the great talents on the USM team, but he doesn't get intimidated by those guys.

"It feels great, but we are all human beings with great talent and we just have to go out there and do the best that we can."

Preston isn't one of the big names on the list of recruits for Southern Miss, but he is very capable of coming in and being another great lineman for the Eagles. It will be exciting to watch him develop as a player over the next few years.


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