Oklahoma CB To Visit Texas

Oklahoma CB To Visit Texas

An emerging 2015 cornerback plans to take in Texas's game against Kansas in November.

2015 cornerback Ashton Preston has earned a spot on the Texas radar.

Preston said one of the Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe coaches sent out his film, and that film earned a call from Texas tight ends coach Bruce Chambers.

"He said he really liked it," Preston said. "He invited me to the game. That was really my first contact with him."

And Preston said he plans to attend that game, when Kansas travels to Austin on Nov. 2.

"Honestly, I think I'd fit in well at Texas," Preston said. "Even though I stay in Oklahoma, I don't feel like I'm an Oklahoma kid. I play like I'm a Texas kid. I like how they play their corners and DBs."

A big part of Preston's identification with "Texas kids" comes from where he trains. Preston works out with Dallas-based trainers Quick Twitch, who also boast Jamal Adams, Jason Hall and Marcus Green among their members. Perhaps most importantly, the company also trains receivers like Emmanuel Porter, DaMarkus Lodge and James Proche, providing Preston serious competition he might not typically get.

"In the summer, I'm down there every weekend," Preston said. "I went up against Damarkus, James Proche and some other guys going to Texas. I go against all Coach Rob's [former Oklahoma receiver David Robinson] top kids, and I love to work with Coach [Clay] Mack."

Mack teaches his protogés to be aggressive in coverage, and that's how Preston said he tries to take on a receiver of Lodge's ability.

"I'm a good press guy, so I try to disrupt the receiver off the line," Preston said. "A guy his caliber and his size (Lodge is a long 6-2), you have to disrupt him early."

In fact, much of Preston's film involves him not only jamming receivers, but blistering them out of bounds with his pop. The 6-foot corner also has outstanding ball skills, and the kind of jumping ability that can erase mistakes.

Preston was at Oklahoma State last weekend for the TCU game, and schools from Louisiana Lafayette to Notre Dame, Missouri and SMU are showing interest, though none have offered of yet. As for which school he hopes will enter his recruitment, Preston mentioned LSU.

"I fell in love when I went to their camp my sophomore year," Preston said. "I loved Tyrann Mathieu."

And Preston said he grew up an Oklahoma fan, though he said Texas has grown on his mind since then.

"Growing up as a kid, I was a big OU fan, and I didn't really have feelings for [Texas]," Preston said. "But through the recruiting process, I've seen that Texas is actually a really good school.

"I could see myself in that burnt orange," Preston said, laughing. "I really like Texas. I can't wait to get to that game."

Obviously, Preston has a while before he has to make a decision. What are going to be the main factors in said decision?

"Most likely the coaches and the position coach," Preston said. "I like having a great relationship with the position coach. The guy that I'm going to be spending the most time with is the position coach, so I'd like to have a good relationship with him."

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