Ray Drew, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound standout at Thomas County Central High in Thomasville, Ga., has pulled in over 35 offers – and he has yet to cut any teams from the group.
“I don’t think I am going to trim my list down for a while, but I’m going to get on some visits and start feeling out these schools that I haven’t ever gotten a chance to see,” Drew said.
Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia Tech are among the local teams that the Peach State native is keeping on his radar, while LSU, UCLA, USC, California and Nebraska are among the teams that Drew considers distance to be a factor with.
This weekend, the four-star will get the chance to knock one school of his must-see list.
“I am coming over to LSU to visit the campus and watch the Tennessee game,” Drew said. “It will be my first time in Baton Rouge, and it’s a trip that I have been waiting on since this whole process began. I want that chance to see the academic side up close and hang around the players, things that you don’t get to experience when you are recruited from far away.
“I grew up an LSU fan because they were my favorite SEC team, especially with the two championships recently. I just like teams that play at a high level like that, especially defensively.”
Fortunately for their chances with Drew, the Tigers have been red-hot not just on defense but beginning up front on the line.
“LSU has that great tradition of sending defensive linemen to the next level, and I think it’s going more successful this season than it has in a while,” he said. “That tradition really pulls me in. I don’t expect that, with the way they are playing, that there will be any change. That’s big for me.”
Being recruited to Baton Rouge by defensive line coach Brick Haley and head coach Les Miles, Drew said that the thing he looks forward to most about weekend is getting to have a more personal relationship with the voices on the other end of the phone line.
“A weekend spent hanging out together is going to be really great,” Drew said. “I’ve gotten to meet coach Haley once, and that was when he came down and evaluated me at the school. I talked with coach Miles on Tuesday, and he was really excited about me getting in for this game. We have a lot of values in common, so I expect that we will get along right away.
“This is that one visit that I looked forward to for a long time. I’m ready for it to get here so that I can just be down there having fun in Tiger Stadium.”