Drum Ready For a Challenge at Duke

With the season taking a negative turn in the last few weeks, the Blue Devils were hoping to get good news from anywhere this week. And, as has been the case over the last 18 months, the good news came from the recruiting trail where head coach Ted Roof and his staff came up with a big pickup in the form of Robert Drum, a 6'7, 265 offensive lineman from Alabama.

"I'm committed to Duke," said Spain Park High standout offensive lineman Rob Drum. "The academics there are just a cut above anywhere, and I love the location. It was just the perfect fit for me."

It's safe to say that Drum is the perfect fit for the Blue Devils' recruiting class in 2006 as well. Having only played organized football for two seasons, Drum earned high interest from a number of local powers including Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi, along with offers from Louisville, and Georgia Tech. However, it was the Duke coaching staff that sold the three star lineman on becoming a Blue Devil.

"When I went up there to visit the coaches were just terrific. They were a lot like my high school coaches in that they are very close to their players. It's just a real family atmosphere there. The chemistry is really a good thing, and that's what I was looking for. They told me that they only brought in one lineman last season, and they want to bring in five this year. We're the future of Duke Football."

And while it's safe to say that Drum is fond of his future coaches, he's also aware that there is much work to be done in Durham.

"That's one of the reasons I chose Duke. I'm a guy who likes to take on a challenge head on. It's going to take a lot of work and effort, but we are going to turn it around. I'm looking forward to it."

Turning it around has been a familiar mantra to most Duke recruits ever since head coach Ted Roof took over, and Drum believes that it is going to take some time to do things the right way.

"I want to go in and redshirt that first year. I'll use that time to add a good bit of weight and to really work on my fundamentals. It's only my second full year of football right now, so I've got a lot to learn."

For Rob, earning a scholarship to one of the nation's best academic schools for football is a long way from where he started his high school career. After pursing basketball as a high school freshman and sophomore, the school football coaches persuaded him to give their sport a try.

"I figured it was worth a shot," says Drum of his initial whirl with the pigskin. "Then in my second practice the coaches from Memphis noticed me and started asking about me. I figured that it could end up being good for me in the long run, and now here I am."

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