April 4, 2010

California Quarterback Sets Visit Date

Sometimes it is numbers that will get a recruit noticed. Sometimes it is size and speed and other times it is the system they play in that garner recognition for a player.

Put check marks next to all of the above for Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra quarterback Conner Preston when it comes to potentially ending up on the Hilltop.

Preston is set to visit SMU on Monday, part of a nationwide campus tour that included visits to North Carolina, Duke, Harvard and Brown over the last week.

The junior currently holds offers from Toledo, Ohio and San Jose State, but with his size, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, and gaudy numbers from his junior season, his recruitment is and looks to continue to heat up.

Preston threw for 3,500 yards and 44 touchdowns versus just eight interceptions last season.

"I am pretty open to everything right now. I'm trying not to limit my options or be narrow-minded. A part of me would like to stay in California," Preston said. "But I have been a big Florida fan. I have talked to them and they really like my tape and if they offered I would definitely give them a very serious look. Miami is another school I would give a serious look to. Also Tennessee. I have been in contact with USC a bunch and I guess they have shown some strong interest but we will see how that works out."

Just because Preston has picked up attention recently from some big name schools, it does not mean that smaller schools, like SMU, don't have a chance.

"Even SMU, which is a smaller school that is kind of getting up there, just the offense alone is pretty sick. June Jones would be a pretty cool guy to have as a mentor."

The good news for SMU is that Preston does have ties to the SMU area.

"My mom is from Dallas so that is kind of a big deal for us to go there."

Preston has ties to the program and SMU has had its eye on him for more than a year.

"I went out there last spring to visit family and I stopped by the campus and talked to some of the coaches," Preston said. "They didn't know a lot about me at the time but they had seen my film and were pretty impressed. During my junior season they stayed in contact and were impressed with the numbers and the state championship, especially the way we spread the ball around a lot. It goes right in line with their offense."

Preston has had his eye on the SMU program as well, dating back to the staff's days at Hawaii. He watched former Warriors quarterback Colt Brennan progress under Jones and was impressed with the offensive schemes Hawaii ran under Jones' tutelage.

Preston took part in USC's and UCLA's junior days earlier this year and has seen interest from Cal, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Florida, among the other schools.

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