In addition to spending time with recruiting coach Rhett Lashlee, Draper also had the opportunity to do some drills with Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and see some of the campus. Planning to make a return trip, he said the first opportunity to see Auburn definitely made an impression on him.
“Actually I have been talking to Coach Lashlee on the phone because I was interested in Auburn in the first place. I talked to him probably early in the spring and we were trying to get a date together when I could get up there and tour and work out with them.
“The whole staff was great,” he added. “I already knew it was, but you could just tell as soon as you got up there that it was a big-time program. It’s just a great staff and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Extremely athletic and explosive, Draper is capable of playing all over the field, but most schools have him penciled in as an inside linebacker on the next level. That’s where Auburn sees him in Muschamp’s scheme after getting the chance to talk X’s and O’s with the veteran coordinator, something Draper said has the Tigers very high on his very early list.
“Auburn is way up there. That’s something I’m starting to realize with these big-time programs. All of them have nice facilities and stuff like that, but the deciding factor for me is going to be having a good relationship with the coaches and see where I fit in.”
Currently with 19 offers including the three big ones in the last week, he said for him it’s still hard to imagine how quickly things have turned for him since the end of his sophomore season.
“It’s nuts. I had always prayed that it would happen, it’s always been my goal. I never expected it to take off this fast. I’m blessed. I’m just trying to stay focused on my goal and my team and not let it get to my head.”
Draper said he’s already planning another visit to Auburn and hopes to make it this fall so he can not only see the atmosphere, but also get a more thorough tour of the campus and facilities for the Tigers.