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Versatile Florida offensive lineman Preston Cushman commits to Ole Miss

Versatile Florida offensive lineman Preston Cushman commits to Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss received a verbal commit from Clearwater (Fla.) Calvary Christian offensive lineman Preston Cushman Saturday afternoon.

Back on June 26, the 6-foot-five-inch, 275-pound Cushman received an offer from Dan Mullen and the in-state Florida Gators, and some may have expected him to stay home. But that was not to be.

Cushman selected the Rebels over Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Colorado and approximately two dozen other schools. He unofficially visited Ole Miss on June 11 and Florida on June 26.

Connection with coaches and love of Oxford

The Rebel Walk spoke with Cushman Saturday about his reasons for choosing the Rebels.

I would say the main aspect that made me want to become a Rebel would be the relationship with (O-line) Coach (Jake) Thornton, (offensive analyst) Coach (Phil) Loadholt, and (GA) Coach (Austin) Shepherd, all three of those guys that are in the offensive line room.

Preston Cushman on choosing the Rebels

But it wasn’t just the coaching staff that made Cushman realize Ole Miss is the place for him. 

I am most excited about living in Oxford, Mississippi away from my home state of Florida and seeing how the whole city surrounds Ole Miss athletics.” 

Cushman on Oxford

Cushman’s versatility

Cushman is a talented athlete who could play multiple spots on the Rebels’ offense line. He has played all five positions in high school — center, guard and tackle. 

The main thing is I am very versatile and can play every position, but with my length and athleticism I am seen as a tackle.

Cushman on where he fits in on the line

Where the Rebs stand now

With today’s commit from Cushman and Friday’s pledge from defensive end Jacarius Clayton, Ole Miss now stands at eight verbal commits for the class of 2022.

(Feature image credit of Preston Cushman (55) courtesy of 247Sports)

About The Author

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.

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