4-Star Defensive End Looking To Narrow List

One of the South's top players talks about his quest to narrow down his list of schools and gives his feelings on the Auburn Tigers.

Thomasville, Ga.--One of the top defensive end prospects in the country is beginning to narrow down his list of schools following a very busy spring evaluation period done by he and his family. Big Ray Drew from Thomas Country Central visited schools throughout the Southeast over the last few weeks and while things have slowed down some, he said he's still busy with the recruiting process.

"It has slowed down some," Drew said. "After that Saturday it slowed down some, but it has picked back up now that I can actually get calls from the coaches. I have taken a few phone calls, but other than that everything has been pretty calm except for the mail."

A four-star defensive end and the number six player in the country at his position, the 6-5, 248 Drew has almost two dozen offers from some of the top programs in the country. Beginning to narrow things down, he said he's not quite ready to name a top group just yet but he's close.

"It's something I'm working on," Drew said. "I think I have a few schools in mind, but I'm not saying anything yet. Picking a school is pretty much like picking a girlfriend. You're going to have standards. My standards are pretty high because I know my goals in life.

"Basically what I'm going to be looking for is a school with academic success because football doesn't last forever. I want to have a player-coach relationship. I want to know who I'm playing for. I'm pretty big on football tradition and fan support as well."

All of those things point to a school such as Auburn, a place Drew visited in early April after taking trips to Tennessee and South Carolina. Getting a feel for the coaching staff, campus, facilities, etc., he said that seeing Auburn up close put the Tigers squarely on his list of schools and could have them in the hunt for quite a while.

"It helped out quite a bit," Drew said. "I had been getting things from them in the mail and had talked with the coaches a few times, but getting over to see Auburn firsthand for myself has helped out a lot."

Currently throwing both the shot put and discuss for the track team at Thomas County Central, Drew has put up some big numbers. In the discuss his best throw is 157' 4" and in the shot put it is 52' 6". Track season will carry right into spring football for Drew who will be busy throughout the spring and heading into his summer with more trips on the horizon.

"I'm not sure right now what I'm going to do," Drew said. "I'm playing the summer by ear because I know I'm going to have a few invites for different things. Coach (Gene) Chizik mentioned the Big Cat Weekend. I'm going to talk with my parents about that and make it if I don't have anything else going on with my school at that time such as summer workouts or a team camp."

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