It’s December 1, which means that college coaches have hit the recruiting trails as National Signing Day draws closer and closer.
The big news for LSU fans on Tuesday came out of North Louisiana. Head coach Les Miles and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger hit a number of schools in the area, but the story at day’s end was that Haughton High quarterback Dak Prescott had picked up an offer.
A few states over, defensive line coach Brick Haley was doing work of his own – though no scholarship offer needed to be brought to Thomasville County Central High for this visit.
With an offer list that has long been in the double-digits, four-star defensive end Ray Drew has suitors across the map.
One glance at his weekly schedule tells you that much.
“Coach Brick (Haley) came by for LSU on Tuesday, and Georgia sent three of their coaches on the same day,” Drew said. “Before that coach Brian White from Florida had come through town on Sunday and he went to church with me. Clemson came back through, as well.
“I still expect to get a visit from Michigan on Thursday. Miami said they would send someone by on Friday, but with all their coaching changes I am not sure if anything is going to happen on that end.”
Because he is enrolled in college courses in the morning and high school courses from noon until 3 p.m. every day, Drew has asked coaches not to come during school hours.
“I am only up at the school for a few hours anyway, so if they pulled me out during those hours I probably wouldn’t be doing any work at all, and then my grades would fall behind,” he said. “Basically, don’t mess with me while I am in the classroom.”
Evidenced by his unique outlook, academics are going to be a major priority for Drew going forward.
“The plan all along has been for me to get go into college with 30 hours completed,” he said. “That will turn over into 18 college credit hours. Then I can get into the summer session before my freshman year and take a couple of more courses that would make me a college sophomore before my first semester.”
In accordance with Drew’s rules, Haley used LSU’s visit on Tuesday to take in the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder’s high school basketball game.
“I was really happy to see him come out and show support,” Drew said. “I kept looking over his way the whole time. He was getting after me because my one weakness in basketball is dribbling. It’s basically my kryptonite.
“That’s why I have to play down low,” he laughed.
After the game Drew and Haley were able to spend some additional time together, a majority of which was spent in an argument.
“Coach Brick and I always go back and forth about who the bigger country boy is,” said the Thomasville, Ga. native. “He kept trying to one-up everything I said. Eventually he got me because he had eaten some home cooked meals that I had never even heard of. We were talking everything from fish to squirrels.”
Before leaving town, Haley made certain that LSU remained in good standing by setting up an in home visit for the staff next week.
“Coach said that they want to come back and see me again, but this time at my house so they could be around my family some more,” he said. “LSU is definitely in the mix, and a big part of that is because of coach Haley. We have a really great relationship going.”