February 7, 2023 10:19 pm

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Preston Arbuthnot | DL/OL Class 2026

McKinney ISD Stadium just north of Dallas is one of the largest high school football stadiums in the Lone Star State, towering high in the north Texas suburb. 

It will also be home to a towering figure up front on the line of scrimmage for the next four seasons as McKinney Boyd welcomes Preston “Bulldog” Arbuthnot to the varsity roster this year.

The 5-foot-8, 235 pound offensive and defensive lineman expects to be a household name well before his Friday night playing days come to a close.

You don’t have to go far to find all he’s accomplished already – his Twitter page (@PrestonArbuthn1) lists his bench as 300 pounds and squat at 375 in addition to running a 5.2 forty time. He compliments that with a 4.0 grade point average.

While he may be new to the high school ranks, he’s certainly not new to facing off against varsity competition as he shined at The Show by NextGen earlier this year.

“This offseason I have been beating tall upperclassmen lineman a lot, including half of my one on ones at The Show by NextGen,” Arbuthnot said. “They were studs there, that showcase gave me a lot of confidence.”

From there, Arbuthnot went to the invite only FBU Top Gun. Unfortunately, he suffered a sprained foot ligament that sidelined him for two weeks.

Still, he was able to show what could’ve been. Arbuthnot says he had one-on-one reps against a center who was selected to the Adidas Freshman All-American Team, and another against a center selected to the FBU Top Gun All-Team.

Arbuthnot is hoping he can work his way into the varsity rotation as a freshman this year, whether it be on the offensive or defensive line. 

He says two things really stood out to him about starting his high school career this year.

“All of the coaches there and the atmosphere [at McKinney Boyd],” Arbuthnot said. “The coaches are really good.”

The nickname “Bulldog” was given to him by coaches at camp last year and has stuck. Arbuthnot says even some of the older kids have been calling him by that, “which feels cool.”

Down the road, Arbuthnot expects to be “playing football in college and studying economics.”

You don’t need an economics degree to see that this kid has a rich future in the sport of football.


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