One of New Hampshire's top athletes from the Class of 2015 has committed to one of the country's top academic schools and will be playing college ball there - but not the sport that most expected. Tim Preston (Nashua, NH) has been known throughout the state as one of its top local basketball players since starting as a freshman for Nashua High South back in 2010-2011. He led the Purple Panthers to the Final Four as a junior and then transferred to Lawrence Academy to repeat his junior year and reclassify to the Class of 2015. Preston will be playing football at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
"I was recruited by Tufts for football not basketball" Preston told the NH Notebook. "I am hoping to play both sports but football will be my primary sport there. I started playing football at Lawrence Academy last year after taking years off because I was l just playing so much basketball that I didn't have time for it and thought I had lost interest in the sport. I was wrong! I loved getting back on the field and being part of a really good team with great guys that has had a lot of success (ISL Champs and NEPSAC champs). I had a really good season this year and was recruited by DI, DII and DIII schools and decided I would like to play in college. I was also recruited for basketball and the final decision came down to WPI for basketball or Tufts for football."
WPI and Tufts - you certainly can't go wrong there, with both being outstanding academic schools. Clearly, Preston has worked very hard - on the field, on the court and in the classroom.
"I chose Tufts. In the end, what is most important for me is my education and I think Tufts is the best place for me in that regard" explained the 6-foot Preston, a point guard in basketball and a WR/DB in football. "I recently had an overnight visit and loved the school. I also felt like it was the right place after spending time with the football coaches and members of the team. I am really looking forward to playing there."
Tufts is a member of the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference), which is known as one of the most competitive D-III leagues in the nation - both academically and athletically.
"I play WR and DB, but most likely playing DB in college" said Preston, whose older brother Jack is a sophomore forward for the Plymouth State men's basketball team. "I earned all ISL and All New England for football this year at Defensive back so I hope to continue playing that position in college."
It's been a pleasure covering Preston these past few years and we wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavors at Tufts.
Preston's football highlight video can be found here: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3352632/highlights/116566375/v2