Drake: "We are going to start something new"

Cass Tech senior linebacker working to bring more Cass Tech recruits to East Lansing, but is excited to be joined by teammates.

It has been almost a year since Cass Tech senior linebacker committed to Michigan State.

Since then, he said life has been awesome, but also very interesting.

"When I walk around," he said, "it's like random people that I don't even know, tap me on the shoulder and go, ‘You're that kid from Cass Tech, number 15, Deon Drake.' I'm always like, ‘Yes. Yes, I am.' And they say things like congratulations and I would love to see you up there and have a good future."

Drake won't be the only Technicians headed to Michigan State in the near future, as the commitment of junior quarterback Jayru Campbell will make it three years in a row with a Cass Tech player staying in green and white.

"It sure is nice," Drake said. ""I'm very excited (about Jayru). It really was unexpected. It was unexpected when we were up there, but I'm glad and we are going to start something new up there."

Drake said he hopes the coming years yield more kids heading from Cass Tech to East Lansing.

"We are trying to get Mike Weber, Josh Alabi," he said. "I'm working on Damon Webb, slowly. We have some other kids from 2015 and 2016 that are looking very good at a young age."

Drake, who had knee surgery this offseason, is in the process of getting back on the field.

"I was hoping to get back this week," he said, "but my therapist, she wanted me to take my time, so the week after that."

Unfortunately for Drake and the Technicians, he will miss the opener against Southfield. He said it's hard not to be on the field, but he can help in other ways.

"It's very tough," he said. "But I'll just be at the game, looking out at the field and if I see a kid make a mistakes, give him the correction or if I see something that Southfield may do during the game, then I'll give them a heads up on it. I'll be another coach."

With one more season left in high school, he knows what he wants to accomplish once he gets back on the field.

"My personal goals are to be on the field and be very confident and have my cover skills together and my agility and just play mentally, have a smart, fast game," he said. "That's about it. Team-wise, keep my team together. It's a whole different team this year. We don't have a whole lot of D-1 kids like the year before and the year before that, but we are going to create a dynasty over here."

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