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Preston Dewey can't get enough

AUSTIN, Texas -- It took about a minute, maybe two, after Ty Detmer pulled a couch through his office door that it found an occupant.

A full football season later that occupant, Preston Dewey, is finally ready to leave the couch after making an indelible mark on the coach, the St. Andrew's program and, well, the cushions.

"He stayed in there all the time," Detmer said. "He just wanted to learn so much and to be around the game."

Dewey's game has brought him national notoriety. The ESPNU 150 quarterback was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 5. It was a part of the 80-stop American Family Insurance Presents the Under Armour All-America Game selection tour.

That's not too many miles from where Dewey will play his college ball at Miami.

"To be a part of this and to have all this happen, it's something you dream about," said the 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback. "This is what I always wanted."

But it took some time and a transfer for Dewey to get what he wanted.

Like most high school quarterbacks Dewey had competition at his position at Westlake High School. He didn't shy from it. He didn't win it either. For two years he sat behind Tanner Price, now a Wake Forest player. Then just before his senior year Westlake chose Lewis Guilbeau over Dewey.

The devastating news was followed by a transfer to a moribund program that reached out and grabbed a brand new coach to help turn it around -- Detmer.

"The first time I saw him I knew he was something special," said the former Heisman winner. "His fundamentals were strong. There were a few things to clean up with the feet. But you knew this was a player who wanted and would do what it took."

Because of his switch from public to private school, Dewey was able to reclassify as a junior, giving him two years with Detmer. They went 0-10 together that first year.

"It was a courageous and tough decision that Preston made," said Mike Dewey, Preston's father. "When you look back on it now, you can say 'Sure it was easy.' But it wasn't. He had to leave all of his friends, all of his teammates, everybody and come to a program that nobody really knew anything about."

People soon found out about Dewey though. After a year with Detmer, Dewey hit the throwing circuit. It was at the Elite 11 in July that heads started to turn.

"He has an accurate arm and sense of the game," Detmer said. "He has the velocity too. If a receiver is open he is not going to miss him."

Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, SMU and others started to recruit Dewey. But it was Miami and Al Golden that won.

"They run a lot of the same pro style offense that we run," Dewey said. "I was able to sit down with their coaches and when they started talking about plays and say 'Oh yeah, we run that play. We run that one too."'

Hopefully, for Dewey's sake, they have couches in their offices too.

Carter Strickland covers University of Texas football and recruiting for HornsNation.