Ray Drew's first offer came as a sophomore from Georgia. "It's a great setting," Drew said about…
Ray Drew's road trip
"I'm going to the schools in the Carolinas and Tennessee," said Ray Drew. "Clemson and Tennessee and as many I can fit into the week." In the Carolinas, Drew has offers from Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Clemson and South Carolina. When he gets there Drew knows what he's looking for. "Number one is education," he said. "Academics are a priority for me. Second would be early playing time. Third would be a good player/coach relationship. Tradition is important to me, as well as good fan support." Drew has visited in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, and nearby Florida State so far in his recruiting travels. "Academically, I really like what Georgia has to offer," Drew said. "All the facilities have been outstanding pretty much everywhere I've been. They're all great schools recruiting me, but I know I need to start narrowing it down." Drew, 6-5, 225, was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 in state (GA-AAAA) and region. He was one of the first 19 players offered to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game. At a recent combine in New Jersey he was named "strongest defensive lineman." "What helps me on the field is my speed, explosion off the ball, my hands, and my ability to rush the passer," stated Drew. The Thomas County Central Yellowjackets finished 11-2 last year. Drew wants to do more during his final run. "I hope to stay injury-free," said Drew of his senior season. "When you gave a chance to play at the next level you want to try to go into it healthy. But I'm not going to play soft. I'm going out there and try to help my team. I need to improve my stats too. Last year I had 28 pushes and only seven sacks. I need to get more sacks out of those pushes." Drew doesn't have a date set when he will commit to a university and will decide on his own. "My parents told me it's my decision," said Drew. "I just got to sort it all out and find the best place for me. Everything is going good academically. I've been doing pretty well in my classes, but chemistry is giving me fits." Drew plays basketball during his off-season and competes on the track team in the discus and shot put.
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