Signing Day 2004: Ronnie Drummer

It had been nearly a month since the Blue Devils had secured a verbal commitment. And then they started coming in waves beginning with one of the fastest players on the West Coast.

With a recorded 4.34 forty time recorded at a combine this summer, North Salinas running back Ronnie Drummer is easily one of the fastest players around. And despite some late interest from powerhouse programs closer to home, he'll be bringing that speed to Durham this fall.

"I have good speed and am powerful for a smaller, skinny guy," said Ronnie Drummer in an interview with TDD. "I need to bulk-up and need to work on breaking tackles better."

Though he's not one of the bigger running backs in the country, checking in at just 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Drummer managed to put up All-American caliber numbers last year, running for over 1,800 yards and a career high 19 scores.

His raw athletic ability made his attractive for the Devils, though his desire to commit apparently caught the coaches off guard.

"I committed before I left from the official visit. Actually, they said didn't ever actually offer me, but before I visited they said I had an offer on the table."

Drummer felt the choice was easy for him, citing the way he felt in the program.

"There are a lot of reasons why, ranging from academics of the school to the attitude of the players."

Drummer picked Duke over several home state schools including Cal Berkley

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