Clemson mining Peach state again

Thomasville, Ga. sent a four-star defensive lineman to Clemson in the 2008 class. Now, the Tigers are back in the southwest Georgia city a 2011 defensive end that plans to head to Tigertown this spring.

DE Ray Drew Profile

CUTigers caught up with Thomasville County Central High School defensive end Ray Drew who sports a host of impressive offers to go along with Clemson's.

His other offers currently include: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC.

As it turns out, Drew has a pair of recruiters in Tigertown.

First is Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph keeps in regular touch with him— the two last spoke "about" a week ago.

"One of the things he talks to me about is the location there," Drew said. "He said they need me to come up there to help keep [Brandon Thompson] in line…but it's location, fans, atmosphere and all."

Of course thompson, a starter along the Tigers' defensive front, doesn't hold back his pitch to Drew.

"He says he enjoys the atmosphere up there. He said if I'm looking to go to the next level, then they've got the tools to help you become a better athlete," Drew said.

During spring break, he'll visit several schools in the Carolinas.

"I may end up at one of the spring practices (at Clemson), it just depends on what day I'm up there," Drew said.

Drew said that he's considering Clemson along with a "few" others.

"I'm looking at a number of SEC teams and a few ACC teams. In the ACC, it would be Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida State," he said.

With each school, Drew wants to look at each school's "academic success, fan support and tradition."

"One of the biggest things is the relationship with the coaches," he said.

A decision isn't to be expected before National Signing Day.

"I just want to take as long as I can, so whenever I make the decision, I know it's right," Drew said.

As a junior, he had 72 tackles, 16 for loss, seven sacks, 28 quarterback pressures and three forced fumbles. Top Stories