Feels at Home

It's not often that an Oklahoma native can come to Austin and feel close to home, but that's how three-star cornerback Ashton Preston (Edmond, OK/Santa Fe) felt when he attended the Orange-White game on April 19.

Preston had visited UT for last year's game against Kansas and met fellow Oklahoman's Demarco Cobbs and Josh Turner. The trio caught up again at the scrimmage and made Preston feel comfortable.

"It was perfect," Preston said. "They made me feel just right at home. We were joking, sometimes serious. Demarco just let me know that Texas is the perfect school to go to for academics. He said he was going to graduate with two degrees, which really caught my eye.

"We were joking with Dalton Santos because he was saying Oklahoma boys didn't know how to play football. It was cool."

Preston also spent some quality time with Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn, who had some encouraging feedback for the 6-foot, 170-pound CB.

"He told me that they were really interested and that he wants to see me at camp," he said. "That won't be a big deal. That's when I'll catch everyone's eye."

Preston will come to Texas' camp on June 1 where an offer is a distinct possibility. Right now Texas has offers out to eight cornerbacks and has a commitment from one in Keivon Ramsey.

"It would be big," Preston said of a Texas offer. "It's a dream school. If I get it, and I plan on getting it, they'll be No. 1 on my list."

Just how exactly does he plan on going about getting that offer? By showing off his trademark technique.

"I'm known around the country as being a big technician," he said. "It's not really something you find with bigger corners. And I'm real physical too, which helps a lot."

Preston doesn't have any offers to speak of right now but that's going to change this spring.

In addition to Texas, he's also hearing from OU, OSU, Tulsa, Clemson, Florida State, North Texas, Northwestern, Purdue, Boise State and Louisiana Tech.

He said he'd camp at Purdue, Wisconsin and Louisville this summer.


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