Drakeford Emerges on National Scene

Even if you are from a small school in the District of Columbia, once you hit double digit BCS scholarship offers it is safe to say you have arrived. With offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse, Duke, Cincinnati and others. Drakeford is a no name no more.

Statistically speaking, Washington (D.C.) Roosevelt linebacker Darin Drakeford can match stats with anyone. Last season, as a junior he tallied 94 tackles and 22 sacks to go long with eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He earned All-DCIAA and All-Met honors.

"I have offers from Illinois, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Akron, Syracuse, Duke, Louisville, Michigan and a bunch of others," Drakeford said. "Maryland was the first school to offer and Coach (Ralph) Friedgen told me by the time it was all said and done I'd get a bunch of offers. About two weeks later I started getting a bunch of them and they have just kept coming."

Drakeford has not scheduled any official visits as of yet, but the three schools that he camped at Illinois, Maryland and Pittsburgh seem to remain constant with him.

"I'll most likely schedule trips to Illinois, Pittsburgh and Maryland," Drakeford said. "I play basketball, but I already to my coach that football is the sport that I will be playing in college, so I'll have to miss some games to take some official visits once the football season is over."

Drakeford spent some time to give us a brief summary of his three camp experiences.

Pittsburgh: "I did a one day camp there. I liked it a lot. I like their system on defense it fits my abilities. They also like me a lot as an offensive player. They were also one of the first schools to offer me."

Illinois: "I really liked the town of Champaign. I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and the players. They have a lot of players from my area, so that was cool."

Maryland: "I did their one week camp. I liked it a lot. I got to stay on campus for a week. I got a chance to spend a lot of time with the coaches and got a feel for how they do things there."

Drakeford is receiving looks from a number of different schools for a number of different positions from outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end, running back and wide receiver.

"I really don't worry about it too much," Drakeford stated. "I just want to get to college. The rest of it will take care of itself. My sophomore and junior years, I blitzed a lot and played more of the strong side defensive end role. This year I am a run stopping linebacker. Maryland likes me at inside and outside linebacker. Illinois likes me as an outside linebacker. Pitt likes me as a running back and linebacker."

No matter where Drakeford ends up, he says all the schools like him for the same reasons.

"I hate to lose," Drakeford said. "When the game is on the line I want the ball. I want to be the guy that makes the big play."


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