Four-Star DE talks Louisville offer

Ray Drew is one of the nation's top defensive ends. The four-star Thomasville, Georgia native has two dozen offers and received his latest offer from Louisville. Scout.com's No. 11-rated DE discussed Louisville's offer with Charlie Strong last week and spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his interest in the Cardinals.

Ray Drew's offer list reads like the AP Top 25.

Alabama, 2010 BCS champs, have offered. So have Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC. In total, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end from Thomasville, Ga., has about two dozen offers.

Last week, Drew picked up an offer from Louisville and says he could envision playing for new coach Charlie Strong.


Ray Drew interested in playing for Charlie Strong.
"I can't really say much about Louisville because I don't know much about them but as far as Coach Strong goes I knew him when he was at Florida," Drew said. "I wouldn't mind playing for someone like Coach Strong. I could see myself play for Coach Strong. I have to look more into them. I know they are a rising program"

Drew said he's impressed by Strong's demanding personality and what he accomplished at Florida while helping direct the Gators to a pair of BCS titles in the past four years.

"What I like about Coach Strong – he's can relate to the players, he's demanding and knows what he wants in a team," said Drew. "What he did down at Florida, he knows what he's doing. He's very energetic."

Drew spoke with Strong last week about Louisville's offer. "He said he is really excited about getting the chance to recruit me and he's trying to build a program around kids like myself who have good character as well," Drew said.

Drew said he's hoping to visit Louisville this spring. He's been invited to an event at Kentucky, who has also offered, and could visit both schools on the same trip to the Bluegrass. "I was invited by Coach Turner at Kentucky to come up this spring," Drew said. "If I get up there I'd just make it an entire weekend trip and visit Louisville as well."

Drew doesn't plan to rush the recruiting process and isn't ready to list any favorites.

"I'm pretty much open to all schools right now," Drew. "Education is first and foremost. After that, I like tradition. I like fan support. And I've got to know who I'm playing for. I'm big on relationships with coaches. I'm looking at playing time as well. I wouldn't mind [redshirting] but you always want to be on the field rather than the sidelines. I'm leaning more towards early playing time."

As a junior, Drew led Thomas County to an 11-2 record and the state playoffs. He recorded 72 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and made six sacks while earning All-State Defensive Player of Year honors.

"I bring size and speed and I'm very powerful off the line," Drew said. "I would say the strongest aspect of my game is my pass rush. I like to pass rush. But I can play either run or pass.


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