Posted: 6:13 pm Monday, January 11th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
Park Vista right tackle Cody Preble became the first known college commitment from the area’s junior class last week and said his pledge to Wake Forest will not waver.
Preble announced his decision, a day before former Dwyer star Matt Elam changed his commitment from Florida State back to Florida. Elam committed to the Gators in October 2008 before shifting several directions over the past year.
Preble has until February 2011 to solidify his plans, but said Wake Forest does not need to worry.
“It’s solid,” he said. “I’m not going to pull an Elam or anything and be switching schools every week. This is exactly where I want to be.”
Wake Forest was the first school to officially offer Preble, though he has drawn interest from Maryland and Central Florida. He is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman who projects as a guard at the next level.
Preble had Missouri and Wake Forest at the top of his list, but said Missouri “wasn’t happening” because the school does not recruit South Florida.
“This is exactly where I want to be,” Preble said of Wake Forest. “If Florida or any of those other schools offer me, I’ll just say, nah, no thanks.
“Wake Forest is a private school and there aren’t many kids there. I knew that’s where I wanted to be. I couldn’t think of anywhere else I wanted to go.”
Preble will visit the campus the weekend of Feb. 13.
He blocked for a Park Vista offense that led the area in rushing yards this season at 286.4 per game and completed an impressive physical transition.
Last spring, Preble said he weighed in at 330 pounds, meaning he has shed 60 pounds in less than a year.
“I was real fat, so it wasn’t hard for me to lose weight,” he said. “I ran and I ate a lot better. I cut down a lot. I’m a lot quicker now.”