Kenyan Drake returns from 'The Opening'

Kenyan Drake, four-star running back from Powder Springs-Hillgrove, Ga., was one of 150 players invited to Oregon last week to compete in The Opening. The Alabama commitment talked about his experience, spending time with players and recruiting prospects.

"The Opening went really good," said Kenyan Drake. "I had a great experience. It was a great time. I had a lot of fun meeting people and spending time with everyone.

"Everything was real nice. The weather was a lot better there than it is here right now. It was like 70-degrees. We were at the Nike headquarters for the most part. It was really nice. They are a world enterprise. They have a lot of money to blow.

"I really liked how organized everything was. They had everything set up for us. It was a real good experience. You didn't have to worry about anything."

Drake spent time with other players from the Peach State and talked with a highly-rated prospect who is considering Alabama.

"I spent a lot of time with the Georgia guys like Mike Davis, Raphael Kirby, Dillon Lee and Markuss Eligwe," he said. "We all spent a lot of time together. We repped the state of Georgia the right way.

"I tried to talk to a couple of players about Alabama. I talked to Landon Collins. He was wearing an Alabama hat up there. He was saying how he talks to coach Burns a lot. He really likes Alabama and what they have to offer. Everyone knew I was a solid commitment to Alabama. The ones who didn't know me referred to me as 'the Alabama commitment'."

Dillon Lee is another Peach State product and Tide commitment who did well. Drake was impressed with his future teammate.

"I had never met Dillon Lee before," said Drake. "He is a cool dude. He is very athletic for his size. He proved it out there finishing in the top 10 in the Sparq ratings.

"He was real impressive in coverage. He was covering smaller, quicker backs who were more agile and doing a great job. He helped his team win the championship. He is a cool dude. I can see myself getting to know him real well in college."

Drake clocked a 4.52 40-yard dash, 4.22-shuttle and 38.4-vertical. He finished with a 107 in the Sqarq ratings.

"While we were there we did the Sparq ratings. We did one-on-ones against linebackers, we did running back drills, and we had the 7-on-7 tournament," he said. "I felt like I performed pretty well with my ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I wish our team would have performed a little better in the 7-on-7 tournament though."

The next trip for Drake is the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament in Orlando.

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