Before the beginning of this past season, Preston Dewey made what turned out to be a very smart decision. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback transferred from Austin (Texas) Westlake to Austin (Texas) St. Andrews. The move gave him a chance to shine in a passing offense and to learn under St. Andrews head coach and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Ty Detmer.
The move also paid dividends in another way as the jump from public to private school allowed the former class of 2011 prospect to reclassify and gain another year of eligibility. Now just a junior again, Dewey received his first offer from Southern Miss a while back. A few days ago, a Pac-12 school gave him offer No. 2.
"UCLA offered me," Dewey said on Wednesday evening. "I was in school and they were kind of talking back and forth with coach Detmer. Coach Detmer gave my dad their number and they had a long conversation and said they were offering me. I'm pretty excited about it. I talked to them last night, coach (Mike) Johnson and coach (Rick) Neuheisel, and they seemed pretty excited about it too.
"They want me to come out there and visit and sit down with the whole staff and see if it's the right place for me. We're going out there on Apr. 23 for their spring game."
The attention from the Bruins started relatively recently but they were already familiar with Dewey.
"It's kind of funny," he said. "They were actually recruiting me probably the hardest of anyone when I was at Westlake. After I transferred I hadn't heard a lot from them. Then they talked to coach Detmer and coach Detmer told me about it and then, either the next day or the day after, they offered me."
That was not the end of the good news on the week for Dewey, though. Two more schools decided to join the fold on Wednesday.
"I actually just got offered by Utah and Wyoming today," he said. "I just got off the phone with coaches from both schools. I had talked to coach (Morgan) Scalley from Utah earlier this week and he wanted me to talk to coach (Norm) Chow. I talked to coach Chow tonight and he offered me. I really just started hearing from Utah this week."
The strong armed passer visited LSU this past weekend and enjoyed what he saw in Baton Rouge. An offer from the Tigers is a very real possibility as well.
"It was good," Dewey said of the unofficial visit. "I got to talk to coach (Les) Miles and coach (Steve) Kragthorpe and they seemed to like me a lot. It's a good place. They're going to be unbelievable again next year and they've got a great tradition. I think they're No. 1 in the preseason poll so that would be a great place to go play.
"They want to come see me throw in the spring. They didn't say anything about an offer yet but they said they're going to take two quarterbacks and they've only offered a couple so far. I feel pretty good about it, I'll say that. I like where I stand with them."
As far as favorites, Dewey says he can't single out one school. However, he has made a bit of a change to his current top group.
"I've updated my top five," he said. "I don't have an exact order right now so this is in no specific order or anything. I like LSU, Alabama, North Carolina, UCLA and South Carolina."