Drew focused on school, football, recruiting

Ray Drew, one of the top defensive ends in the country out of Georgia, is very busy these days fielding phone calls from colleges wanting his services. He talks to GBW about what he is looking for in the schools recruiting him, about Michigan, and about his mentor.

Ray Drew is one busy young man. Just last week we talked and texted four times before we were able to do an interview. The reason was homework and recruiting, and that doesn't seem like it will stop anytime soon.

Just this past weekend he visited LSU and he will continue to set up visits to see even more colleges, and of course he will have more homework on his plate.

"I am just trying to balance things out with my football season, academics and the recruiting process."

As he starts his evaluation process for colleges he is looking at things through the eyes of a student on campus.

"The point of view I'm looking for is one of a non-athlete -- just a student and from an educational standpoint. I want to know what these schools offer academically, because I would like to go into communications, and that is important to me."

His thoughts have been formed by his parents, a cousin (Myron Guyton, former safety for the N.Y. Giants) and his mentor Michael Strahan. Strahan gives him a different prospective on life, not just football. He met Strahan through his cousin Myron Guyton when both played for the Giants.

"Michael Strahan is always talking to me about life and telling me to keep a level head about things. We talk regularly -- he calls to see how I am doing on a personal level. It's like talking to an uncle. As far as football, he tells me to make a decision that is best for me, not what others want."

Michigan is a team that Ray is keeping a watchful eye on, and it is possible that they will be receiving a visit from him.

"November 20 (the Wisconsin game) is the date to visit, but that is up in the air as of right now. Michigan is a great school -- they are not just a regional school they recruit nationally. It is a great all around school academically as well as football. I had a chance to see Michigan play Notre Dame, and Shoelace was impressive. Coach Tall looks like he knows what he is doing up there. They are trying to get me on campus; I really like it."

Ray has been getting a lot of information from another recruit who visited Michigan recently and he really enjoyed his visit.

"Avery Walls he told me about his visit and what a good time he had up there. He told me the fans were chanting his name, and he sent me a picture of the band and how big the stadium is."

The 6'5 250 pounder talked to GBW about his game, and about the things he has to improve on.

"My strengths are my explosion off the ball, my size, quickness and pass rushing skills. I need to work on my point of attack and getting my pad level lower," he said.

As far as his ultimate decision on a college, that will be his alone.

"My parents are letting me make my decision of what college to choose. I am just visiting schools and seeing what they are all about."

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