Shawn Preston netted his first offer yesterday on the way to the Dabo Swinney Football Camp, where he has the chance to make more noise and continue attracting attention to his play.
Preston, a 2018 safety from St. James High School in Louisiana, was offered by Alcorn State during the drive to Clemson with his father and three teammates. Preston is also drawing interest from Memphis, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Jackson State and Murray State.
Preston, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is a big and physical safety with a nose for the football, according to his dad, Shawn Preston Sr., who spoke with The Clemson Insider.
Preston Sr. said Chad Jasmin — a Saint James native and former running back at Clemson who played with Clemson co-offensive coordinator and former receiver Tony Elliot from 2000-03 — had been trying to get Preston Sr. and his son on campus, and the Swinney Football Camp presented the perfect opportunity.
Preston Sr., who was a head coach for 13 years between Thibodaux High School in Thibodaux, La., and Assumption High School in Napoleonville, La., said he and his son are big fans of the campus and were awed by the construction on the new football complex.
Preston, a teammate of 2018 four-star dual threat quarterback and LSU commit Lowell Narcisse at St. James, shows intriguing promise that hints his first offer almost certainly won’t be his last.
“He’s got a knack for the ball,” Preston Sr. said. “You see him out here during one-on-ones, and he’s going to try to pick it. He likes to tackle, and he likes to get turnovers.”
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