Even though he's only 5-foot-7 and 189 pounds, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle standout Maurice Drew has emerged as one of the top running back prospects on the West Coast.
Drew, who ran for 730 yards and had 480 receiving, said he's been playing the position since he began football at age seven.
"I started to play flag football when I was seven," Drew said. "When I was nine is when I started playing tackle football. I remember my freshman year I was about 5-4 and 140 pounds. I was probably running a 4.6 and I was having all kinds of fun. Then I got a little bigger and a little faster each year."
Drew, who carries a 2.8 core GPA and an 890 SAT score, said he spent this summer trying to bond with some teammates.
"We were picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the country by two different publications," he said. "But that doesn't mean a thing right now. It's where we are after the season that really matters. Instead of going to camps to improve my personal stock, I spent the summer bonding with teammates. We had 30 summer workout sessions and I made 28 of them. I was forced to miss two because of funerals I had to attend."
The talented running back that finished 16th in the state track meet last year with a 100m time of 10.9 said he hasn't really given recruiting much thought yet.
"I had a lot of coaches that called in May and they all sent me a lot of stuff over the summer, but I'm going to wait it out," he said. "My coaches and I decided that recruiting will wait till after the season. We don't need any distractions or anything like that. Plus, the better season we have as a team will probably increase my chances of getting more offers so the No. 1 goal is to win the state title."
With written scholarship offers from Colorado, Wisconsin, and Washington State, Drew had several major programs calling him in the spring. "In addition to those three, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Washington, LSU, Cal, there were a lot of them."
Drew was asked about picking up more offers.
"A lot of the coaches say they want to see if I can do this year what I did against Poly last year," he said. "If I can have that type of performance against Poly or St. Louis (nationally ranked team from Hawaii), then I think I'll pick up some more."
Drew talked more about the Hurricanes.
"I like Miami a lot," he said. "I talk to D.J. Williams a lot. I talked to him a lot this whole summer. D.J. really likes it a lot there. He said the team looks real good and it's a city with lots to do. He said the girls are awesome at Miami (laughing). Miami's one of the places I would like to take a visit to but I've gotta stick to the schools who will recruit me all year. If Miami's one of them, I'd like to visit if I can."
The standout running back was asked about the possibility of leaving the state.
"I'm getting out of California," he said. "There's a lot of drama here and I want to get away for college. I'm going to enjoy my senior season then take some trips and whenever I get that gut feeling, that's when I'll make a decision."
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