Visiting Champaign

"Illinois and Wisconsin are recruiting me the most right now," Craig Drummond said. "I really like coach Ron Zook at Illinois. I like how he is with his players and how he takes time to talk to you and listen to what you have to say. He's a players coach and the kind of guy I can see playing for. They are definitely doing better under coach Zook. They have a lot of potential to be great..."

Craig Drummond, the 6-foot-5, 270-pound four-star defensive end from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Ill., suffered a left ankle sprain just before his season began and hasn't played yet as a senior. His team is currently 4-3 and Drummond says he hopes to be back on the field next week.

Drummond's injury hasn't knocked down his recruiting attention in the least. Although he continues to deny a leader from among over 20 offers, Drummond said he still favors Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Miami and LSU, all of whom have offered.

He's scheduled to take his first official visit this weekend (Oct. 18) to Illinois and he'll be heading to Wisconsin next week on Oct. 25.

"Illinois and Wisconsin are recruiting me the most right now," Drummond said.

"I really like coach Ron Zook at Illinois," he said. "I like how he is with his players and how he takes time to talk to you and listen to what you have to say. He's a players coach and the kind of guy I can see playing for."

Another thing the Illini have going for them is their recent success. "They are definitely doing better under coach Zook," Drummond said. "They have a lot of potential to be great."

Besides both recruiting him the hardest, another thing the Illini and Badgers have in common is that they are the only two schools that Drummond has already visited. "That's why I can't really say I have a favorite," he said. "I've only been to two schools."

What impressed Drummond the most about Wisconsin was the city of Madison and the football environment. "It's a great place," he said. "I really liked it there. It just seems like a fun college town.

"I also really like the Wisconsin defense," he said. "I talk to (linebackers) coach Randall McCray regularly and he said that I'd be a perfect fit for them both as a player and a student. They seem to have a good thing going and are a hard-working team."

Drummond says he followed Miami as a youngster and hopes to visit the 'Canes officially. "I really like what coach Randy Shannon is doing, but I haven't had a chance to see them play yet," he said. "I actually talked with coach Clint Hurtt on Thursday (Oct. 16) and I like him too.

"We just talked about how school is going and he asked me about my ankle," he said. "I have a pretty good relationship with him."

Another school on Drummond's list that he admits to not having seen at all this year is Tennessee. "I haven't watched them at all," he said. "They are on my list, so I'll try and check them out."

One SEC school he has seen on TV is LSU. "They are the national champions," Drummond said. "They have a quality team every year and it's a great program.

"But I actually haven't talked to any coaches from LSU yet," he admits. "My dad talks with (defensive line) coach Earl Lane a lot, though."

The schools that used to be on Drummond's list but failed to make his final cut are Ohio State, Florida and USC. "I haven't really been hearing much from them," he said. "I chose those five because they've been the most interested."

Drummond, ranked as the No. 13 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, says he plans to take all five visits before making a decision. "I want to experience them all," he said. "I won't make a decision without taking a visit.

"I just want a good student atmosphere and a place where the coaches treat the players wells," he said. "I want to play for a program that cares about football and the fans support the team."

Drummond says he plans to major in business and reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 22 ACT.

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