Mobile, Ala.--Offensive tackle is perhaps the toughest position to find quality recruits for college football programs, but the state of Alabama is loaded with quality players at the position for 2008.
One of the prospects getting attention from several major schools is big Peters Drey from McGill-Toolen High.
At 6-5 1/2, 275 pounds with good feet and improving strength and quickness, Drey is a player who showed good potential in January when he took part in the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio. His performance in the combine and his play as a junior had several schools on board early and Drey says at the moment he holds several scholarship offers with many others showing interest.
"I've got three offers so far," Drey says. "They are from Purdue, Duke and Marshall. There are a bunch of other schools that are talking to me and sending me mail like Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Louisville and schools like that. I'm hearing from Auburn and Alabama, but not as much as I used to."
Forced to replace several key players on both sides of the ball, the Yellow Jackets looked to be in top form on Saturday as they played solid football on both offense and defense in front of a large group of college coaches from around the country.
Drey was a big part of that on offense as he helped clear holes for running back Torian Russell. Drey says that he feels good about the direction of the team this spring and also about his development as a player.
"I think the spring went well for me and the rest of the team," Drey says. "We played well in the game and we just had fun the whole time. I tried not think about the coaches being there. I feel like I performed well and hopefully they thought I did well enough to show some interest in me."
Working in the weight room to become more physical, Drey had a spring to show off his improvement against one of the top defensive lines in the South this year. Across from Drey, McGill-Toolen features top defensive end prospect Glenn Harbin as well as junior standout D.J. Fluker. Drey says the opportunity to face them every day in practice will make him a better player as a senior.
"It definitely helps me because whenever I beat them I know I'm beating some of the best prospects in the country," Drey says. "It makes me feel like I'm just as good as they are. It also makes me work on my skills to improve my game."
Working out sometimes twice a day, before and after school, to become stronger, Drey says that he plans to camp at several schools this summer but hasn't set any dates to this point.