Mammoth offensive tackle Jerry Drake Jr. is one prospect that's poised to receive a countless amount of school visits once the spring evaluation period kicks into gear, but a handful of schools, including Alabama and LSU, simply found no reason to wait and have already extended offers to the junior offensive lineman.
Drake, a product of Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High that possesses additional offers from Illinois, North Carolina and West Virginia, is certainly not letting all of the hype and college attention get to him with a year of high school still left on his plate.
"I was pretty surprised to get those two big SEC offers on the same day," Drake said. "I actually got one from North Carolina the next morning, so I picked up three (offers) in 24 hours.
"I always like to stay humble because I know the offers can come, but they can also go as well. I want to get all of the offers I can get, and then evaluate each school to see which one is right for me."
Tipping the scales at 6-foot-7, 311 pounds, Drake is a fast-rising offensive lineman that definitely doesn't lack size at the offensive tackle position. He's raw and has to continue to strengthen up his frame moving forward, but is a fairly good athlete that does a nice job of sliding his feet and mirroring his opponent in pass protection.
Drake is quick off the ball and reaches the second level with ease, but must continue to work on his pad level when operating in the run game. With Drake, there's certainly nice upside to work with.
"I'm real flexible and I move really good for my size," Drake said. "I also think my size is a big thing because I'm 6-foot-7, 311 pounds. I also graduate early, so I get to work out with the team a lot sooner. I'm really good at pass blocking, too."
Drake, the son of former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Jerry Drake, relocated from Alabama to the Sunshine State just a couple of years ago, so having an opportunity to suit up for the Crimson Tide is somewhat of a surreal feeling for the offensive tackle.
"Growing up in Alabama, I was always an Alabama fan," Drake said. "I started talking with (offensive line) coach (Mario) Cristobal over Twitter, and then they came by the school to offer me. I was always an Alabama fan, but overall, I know they have good education and put guys in the NFL."
Like Alabama, it's not everyday when a kid receives a prestigious scholarship offer from Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.
"I like LSU because I know they have a good academic program," Drake said. "That's also a really good school for offensive linemen. They put a lot of guys in the NFL as well."
Drake, who has no early leaders, says he plans to attend the Miami Opening Regional on March 5.