Michigan wants to hear more from Drake

With two members of Cass Tech high school's 2013 class headed to Ann Arbor, will the 2014 Cass class be just as rewarding? '14 LB Deon Drake recently made it up to Ann Arbor for the BHBBQ and talks to GBW about the experience, what the coaches were telling him, and which schools are coming at him the hardest right now.

With so many decorated and coveted athletes from Cass Tech high school in Detroit making the trip west to Ann Arbor over the years, the Wolverines are hoping the pipeline continues to pay dividends. Linebacker Deon Drake is one of the Cass prospects on the Wolverines radar, and the athletic ball hawk was able to make it to the Big House BBQ over the weekend for an enjoyable experience. "All the coaches were glad I was up there," Drake told GoBlueWolverine. "I made it up there late, and my coach had to come all the way back from there to come get me cause the Michigan coaches really wanted to see me. The barbecue was nice. We ate, walked around, went to see the Big House and learned some history on it."

"We were in the locker room and a couple of kids were wearing the jersey and just having a good time," he continued. "I already knew a couple of the 2013 commitments, and it was me and Damon Webb (in the '14 class)."

On the visit Drake spent some time interacting with several Michigan coaches who reiterated their interest in the young man moving forward.

"Coaches said they would like to talk to me more on the phone," said Drake. "They want to just talk to me because he said he would like to see me in some Maize and Blue."

Without an offer on the table from the Wolverines, Drake is being courted by several Big Ten powers including Wisconsin, Michigan State and an offer from Iowa, with the Hawkeyes also having success plucking Technicians in recent years. One SEC school showing interest in Drake is the Alabama Crimson Tide, after Cass Tech made it down to Tuscaloosa for a 7 on 7 this summer.

"Cass Tech, we've been showing off at all these 7 on 7's," said Drake. "We're always striving to be better, and with me I'm just constantly working. Each day is a day to get better."

With a full off-season to enjoy being patted on the back as Division One state champions in Michigan, the Cass Tech team and defense especially aren't resting on the laurels of the past. Instead, the current athletes are striving to get better and looking to prove they're the best for the second year in a row.

"We're faster than last year and our seniors this year, they're working, so the underclassmen are following in their footsteps," said Drake. "Last year it was a pitiful game, our first game, and we do not want to start the same way. This year we have to prove to everybody that we're the best, and we have a target on our head cause we're the state champs and everybody doesn't believe in us. We just need to go out here and blow out Brother Rice and prove to everyone that we're the best."

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