Three-star wide receiver Rickey Preston, who was reported to be coming to WSU as a late addition to Mike Leach's 2015 recruiting class, has apparently decided to stay at home and play at Tulane, Preston told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Preston's commitment -- which probably is too strong of a characterization of what it was at the time -- was reported by Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com back on March 9 ($), but everything had been quiet until two days ago, when Preston made his intentions known to his hometown newspaper.
At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds with blazing speed, Preston had the potential to be a major coup for the Cougars; academic issues appeared to have Preston heading to a junior college, but there was a sense that he just might get his grades in order and potentially qualify for Division I football this fall.
It appears he did, but unfortunately for us, it didn't lead him to the Cougars. While that obviously is disappointing -- seriously, watch his Hudl video if you haven't -- how can you not feel good for a kid worked his tail off to get his GPA up and acquire a qualifying score on the ACT, both of which he recently accomplished?
"I really can't explain the feeling," Preston told the Times-Picayune. "The thought of going JUCO was kind of depressing. To come up from where I came from, I can't really explain it more than just being so excited."
Presuming WSU was still after Preston, it appears the opportunity to see major playing time this fall was a big draw for Preston: The Green Wave had just three healthy scholarship players at wide receiver this spring.
"Right off the bat, (Tulane) Coach CJ (Curtis Johnson) was real honest with me," Preston said. "He told me I could be a real big part of the team with kick returning and being a receiver. I'm just planning on going in and playing as hard as I can to get the spot."
Preston certainly would have filled a big need in this 2015 class, which lacked a playmaking outside receiver. But the educator in me is incredibly excited for Preston, and I wish him well.