Very Much in the Picture

Ray Drew is one of the most heavily recruited defensive prospects in the entire country for 2011, and the Peach State native's interest in LSU is strong.

When a prospect has locked up scholarship offers from every school in the Southeastern Conference by April of his junior season, heads begin to turn.

For Thomasville, Ga. native Ray Drew, an impressive offer list doesn’t stop there. The likes of USC, Notre Dame and Florida State have all joined the party.

“It’s already overwhelming, even though I try to keep everything as low-key as I can,” Drew said. “I have pretty good relationships going with a lot of different staffs, and that is my main approach right now. When I start feeling things out over this next month and then the summer, I will start to let some coaches know who is still in the running.”

With no plans for an early commitment, Drew said that he is most excited for his official visits in the fall, five trips that will give the Thomas County Central High standout the chance to see what some of his top schools away from home are all about.

One of the first stops, Drew said, will be Baton Rouge.

“I already told my mom that we have to see a game in Tiger Stadium, and it has to be at night,” he said. “I have heard all of the talk, from the earthquake to how crazy and into it the students are. I have never been to LSU before, so that will be an amazing visit for me. I am as excited about that trip as any of mine.”

Drew, who said that he would look first at the SEC and ACC, called LSU his favorite SEC team growing up, giving the Tigers an extra push as his process begins to pick up steam.

“I just always liked how LSU played, and then I started to follow them closer because their staff put out so many big time defensive line prospects,” Drew said. “When you see that kind of success at getting guys to the NFL, you get excited. It is every football player’s dream to one day play on Sundays.”

If he were to choose LSU, defensive coordinator John Chavis and defensive line coach Brick Haley would be major players in making Drew’s dream a reality. Good news for LSU fans, the pair of coaches, and the rest of the Tiger staff, are not wasting any opportunity to get closer to the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder.

“Every time that I get mail from LSU now, I have a letter written to me from every coach on the staff,” Drew said. “It is pretty cool. I have also talked with coach Miles a few times. He lets me know that I am one of his top targets for 2011. They are recruiting me as hard as anyone.”

After taking in Junior Day weekends at Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State, Drew is now set for a spring break road trip.

“I will be at South Carolina on Tuesday, Clemson on Wednesday, Tennessee on Thursday and Auburn on either Friday or Saturday,” he said.

Planning to major in communications, Drew reports a 3.0 core GPA and 17 ACT, which he plans on retaking.


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