Real Steele impresses elite DE

In Tigertown for his second of four spring break visits, the most recent elite defensive end guest enjoyed his day-long visit on Wednesday.

DE Ray Drew Profile

The Scout.com No. 6 ranked, four-star rated defensive end, Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga.) arrived to Clemson on Tuesday night before meeting coaches, touring the campus and getting an up close view of the Tigers on Wednesday.

Drew went over to the West End Zone first-thing in the morning to meet with coach Dabo Swinney and the rest of the Tigers' staff.

"We hopped on the golf carts and went on tour of the academic part of the campus—just did a big campus tour, seeing the residence halls and all that kind of good stuff," Drew said. "Then, we came back and got to sit down and have a one-on-one with coach (Kevin) Steele, the defensive coordinator and then we sat down with coach Swinney."

Following the one-on-ones, Drew watched practice, met with Swinney one more time and left for Tennessee.

The conversation with Steele is the one thing that really stood out the most.

"Coach Steele, whenever he talked to me, it was more of a straight-forward thing. He wasn't saying you're good at this and we'd love to have you for this. He told me that I was good, but he told me to focus on the things I needed to improve on, as well," Drew said. "It wasn't just him telling me I'm so good, it was what he was going to take and what he was going to try to improve when I got there.

"He was very straight-forward. I liked that about coach Steele."

The second of four trips during his spring break, Drew had already stopped at South Carolina before Clemson. After Tigertown, he stops scheduled for Tennessee and Auburn.

"I'm just taking everything in, as of right now. I'm looking at different places, seeing what everyone has to offer," he said. "Hopefully, sometime soon, I'll start breaking things down."

He wants to make a decision later on in the process in order to have enough time to be sure it's the right one.

"I don't want to have any regrets or any doubts in the school that I chose," Drew said.

Three of the five official visit destinations are being already in mind, but those are subject to change. The other two are still up for grabs.

He doesn't care to share which three he would take an official visit to.

"Those aren't set in stone right now," Drew said.

As for Clemson, he likes what the program has to offer too.

"It's a good family atmosphere there. It's a small town, but it's a nice town. Everyone gets along nice down there."

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