Recruiting Picks Up For Preston

2017 Scottsdale OL Thomas Preston (6-4, 297) has become very popular on the recruiting front and he recently received his first FBS offer...

Preston announced on Friday that he has received an offer from New Mexico.

"I actually took an unofficial visit there a couple of weeks ago with my dad and I really liked it a lot," Preston told "I didn't get the offer when I was there, but they called me (Friday) and told me that a scholarship had opened up, so they wanted to offer me."

In addition to his offer from the Lobos, Preston also has offers from a dozen FCS programs and he's gotten a lot of attention recently from Massachusetts although no offer has come through at this point.

"I think they are really close, but they haven't offered yet," Preston noted. "I also have a Blue Shirt possibility with UTEP, but you know how that goes. I just don't see me taking that route, but it's definitely out there as a possibility."

As a freshman last season, Preston held down right tackle duties for the Artichokes, but he said he's fine with playing anywhere along the offensive line.

"I'll play wherever, but when I was in high school, I always played left or right tackle," Preston said. "With my height, I could probably move inside to guard and play well too, so I'm really open to playing almost anywhere.

"I'd say I am probably at my best as a run-blocker. My high school ran the ball something like 80% of the time, so I got really good at that and I just feel a lot more comfortable doing it, but I can pass-block pretty well too and that's just getting better and better honestly.

Preston enjoyed a solid prep career at Dobson (Mesa, Az.) High School, but he went overlooked, so he decided to head to Scottsdale to get better and get more school looking his way and that strategy has paid off.

"I just felt overlooked and the coaches here at Scottsdale just seemed real to me," Preston said. "I had offers from other JC programs, but the fit here was best and I really liked how the coaches taught the game of football and really cared about their players."

Due to his status as a full-qualifier, Preston plans to make a decision soon so he can enroll at whichever school he chooses later this month.

"I'm going to decide soon, so if more schools want to offer me, they need to do it soon," Preston said. "I've loved my time (at Scottsdale) and it's still an option to return, so I'll decide pretty soon what I am going to do."

Preston will have four years to play three starting this fall.

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