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Shazz Preston talks Florida State offer, eventual visit

Coach Johnson’s ties could help here.

Hayes Fawcett (Shazz Preston Twitter)

Shazz Preston is a 5’11 178 pound wide receiver from Saint James, LA.

The Class of 2022 prospect attends St. James High School and has a 94 rating (4*) from 247 Sports. They consider him the 38th best player in America (7th best WR and best player in Louisiana).

Preston already holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M, and Virginia, among others.

He was offered by Florida State in March:

TN caught up with Preston recently to get a better look at his recruitment:

How did you receive the offer?

“Coach Dave (David Johnson) [contacted] my head coach—then my dad contacted Coach Dave for me to talk to him.”

How did the conversation with Coach Johnson go and does your family have a relationship with him from his time in Louisiana?

“Convo went good—he congratulated me on my accomplishments, and he is looking forward to get me up there. Coach Dave and my dad are friends since college. My dad played [at] Southern and Coach Dave played [at] Nicholls State—then coach Dave [used] to recruit my dad’s schools (my dad is a former high school coach).”

What did the offer mean to you?

“[It] meant a lot because the great history of that program.”

Do you have a concrete date to visit FSU, or are you just waiting for the virus to subside?

“This summer, they’ll be a part of my tour.”

Where else do you plan to visit?

“Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State, Florida, Miami (FL), LSU.”

How tough do you think it’d be to turn down LSU and leave the state for college?

“My dad always says ‘Distance isn’t as important as the right fit.’ I have no problem with travel. That’s the purpose of visiting—to see what others have to offer.”

How would you describe your game?

“I have a large catch-radius, and I’m taught to try and score every time I touch the ball.”

What players do you look up to?

“I like Micheal Thomas and Ja’Marr Chase. They are clutch and scoring-machines.”

Finally, let’s talk about your recent ranking from 247: 38th best player in America and best in LA—what’s your reaction to that?

“It’s a blessing, and I’m honored, but when the whistle blows, none of that matters. My goal is to be [viewed] as the best WR in the country, but all that just makes me grind harder.”