Talented quarterback Curtis Drake from West Catholic High School in Pennsylvania talks about getting…
Drake Bringing Versatility to PSU
West Catholic quarterback Curtis Drake ended his recruitment today when he selected Penn State over offers from Georgia Tech and Northwestern. The 6-foot, 175-pounder brings very good speed to the field at the quarterback position and if things don't work out there he could also play at either corner, wide receiver or safety. "I'm just coming back from Penn State right now and I committed to Coach Joe Paterno today," Drake said when we originally spoke to him on Monday. "I'm going to be announcing my decision later this week at my high school." The cat didn't stay in the bag for long, so Drake talked to us a day before the press conference and talked to us further about his commitment. "Every time I went up to Penn State I really liked it and felt extremely comfortable on campus with the student body and coaching staff," Drake explained. "I really liked that the coaches were straight-up with me and didn't just sit there and tell me what I wanted to hear. I also got to meet with some academics advisors and talk to them about majoring in architecture while I'm there which went well. After meeting with them I was very comfortable with my academic future and my mom loved it as well." There has been a lot of ambiguity about which position the Philly athlete will play at and he cleared that situation right up for Scout.com. "That was actually the most important factor in my decision," Drake stated. "It wasn't what position I played, but when I could play. I really want to get on the field early and the staff said I could have a very good chance of playing as a freshman at wide receiver if I work hard. I could also end up at quarterback, but to tell you the truth I don't care either way. I just want to play and help my team in anyway I can at this point." Helping his team is something Drake will have the chance to do even before he sets foot on the grass at Beaver Stadium. "I'm going to start working on some kids in the Philly area now that Penn State is interested in and will be calling all over the place. It's funny, Ty Howle already called me last night and told me he was working down where he's from, so I guess we'll work together on all of this." As a junior, Drake completed 75 of 143 passes for 1325 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 74 carries for 597 yards and nine more touchdowns, including a two-point conversion.
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