Growing up in Austin, Texas, with a father who played at Texas A&M it wouldn't have been a stretch to think Preston Dewey would end up playing for either the Longhorns or the Aggies.
But timing never seemed to fit right and Dewey, from Austin (Texas) St. Andrew's Episcopal School, said he realized as the recruiting process continued that he'd rather chart his own course and maybe look outside the state to play college ball.
"My dad played at A&M so growing up I was an Aggie and kind of wanted to play there but when I started going through the recruiting process I wanted to do my own thing and not follow anybody's footsteps and kind of make my own path," Dewey said last week at the Elite 11.
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"I was hearing from a lot of schools and then my first offer was in March so A&M already had two offers out. They didn't have a commit but I was like their No. 2 guy and it was the same with Texas with Connor (Brewer)."
Miami entered the picture and it intrigued Dewey, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound prospect who's rated the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the 2012 class and No. 91 in the Texas state rankings by Rivals.com. SMU, Southern Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Wyoming had also offered.
The Hurricanes have a lot of tradition and a new coaching staff so Dewey figured he'd take a trip down to Miami after talking multiple times with new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch.
Dewey loved everything about the place and decided to end his recruitment on June 3 by making his commitment.
"A bunch of good schools were recruiting me and then Miami came on and really intrigued me," Dewey said. "I wasn't too sure about the school and I didn't know a lot about it.
"I did some research and I talked to the coaches a lot and I fell in love. I loved everything about it and it was just a perfect fit. I love Miami and everything worked out perfectly so I can't complain."
Getting to see the campus really sold Dewey, one of the more consistent quarterbacks all week at the Elite 11. Seeing how the coaches handled themselves during camp was also a big selling point and convinced him he could fit in there.
"Coach Fisch came down a couple times to my school," Dewey said. "I got to talk to him a little bit but going down to Miami, getting to sit down in their office and talk football to see what they're like and then get on the field in a camp setting to see how they coach was important.
"We're a perfect fit for each other so I really like them a lot."