Draper talks finalists

Sean Draper spent the weekend breaking down his college options. Instead of visiting Kansas, the three-star cornerback from Cleveland Glenville stayed home and eliminated two schools from consideration. Draper spoke with InsideTheVille.com Sunday night about his four remaining finalists.

Sean Draper spent the weekend breaking down his college options. Instead of visiting Kansas, the three-star cornerback from Cleveland Glenville stayed home and eliminated two schools from consideration. Now, just days before national signing day, Draper is focused on four programs.

Draper told InsideTheVille.com Sunday that Louisville, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Hawaii are still under consideration heading into NSD. Draper, who has made official visits to each of those programs, said he eliminated Kansas and Illinois as possibilities.

"Right now I'm trying to get things figured out so I can make a decision," Draper said. "I should know something by signing day. It's not like I know and I'm holding out. I'm still trying to figure out what's going to be best for me. All four schools have a vision for me so I can't make a bad decision."

Draper said he and his family spent the entire weekend discussing his options.

"This whole weekend I've been talking about it a whole lot with my family, my brother," Draper said. "We narrowed it down from Illinois and Kansas and took them off the list. We talked to all the coaches. We made progress."

Draper, who spoke with Charlie Strong and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferenz this weekend, and talked to Pittsburgh head coach Paul Cryst last week, said he's waiting for his mother to weigh in before he makes a final decision. Does any school stand out for Draper's family?

"It depends who I'm talking to," Draper said. "My mom tells me she will help me figure out what I want to do, but she doesn't want to lean me towards anybody. She doesn't want me to go somewhere, and if I don't like, blame her. My brother I talk to him, and I talk to my uncle, too. I'm starting to get more (input) out of my mother. I think that's what I'm really waiting on."

What is Draper looking for in a school?

"I think it's going to be a need of what I've studied and observed that's coming back and where they want me to fit in," Draper said. "It's going to come down to where I can succeed. The No. 1 (factor) is where I can reach my full potential."

How will Draper determine which school can best help him reach his potential?

"That's the hard part," said Draper. "I can see myself being successful at each of those schools. Out of the four I'm trying to figure out which school will make it easier."

Two big considerations Draper will take into account in his decision is the schools track record of producing NFL players at his position and graduation rates for players.

"That was the first thing I asked when I met them," Draper said. "Iowa probably (stands out) in that regard. And then Louisville has a good number with that too."

Will Draper's recruitment come down to a battle between the Hawkeyes and Cardinals?

"I don't want to say that," Draper said. "I don't want to mention what's in my head right now. I think I'm going to make my decision and then tell people. It's going to be soon. I don't want to say (Monday) but it's going to be soon."

Here's how Draper explained his interest in each school left on his list of possibilities:

Hawaii: "They have a family oriented program. They've been recruiting me a long time and I know them real well. I enjoyed the visit and they never pressured me. It sounds like they're moving forward into the Mountain West, which will help exposure-wise."

Iowa: "The coaching staff reminds me of my (high school) coaches. They're strict but you can talk to them. I like that style of coaching. The program is real stable. The coaching staff is real stable. It's the Big 10. I mean, that isn't a big factor but that is something I consider."

Louisville: "They're still in it. What I like about them is they have a young team and a good foundation at all the positions. They're trying to build the secondary up. They told me they can see me coming in and taking over the cornerback position. Their program is going in nice direction and the coaching staff has mentors. I liked the campus and they have a good program coming up."

Pittsburgh: "I went up to their camp in the summer and I enjoyed myself. When I went on my visit and met a lot of people and they seemed like they wanted to be there. It was a good campus atmosphere. I liked their DB coach, and he coached a former Glenville player and took care of him."


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