Drew Cumberland: One of Florida's Best

Pace High School in Pace, Florida will be loaded with Division-I talent this year. One of the best players on the team is lefthanded hitting shortstop Drew Cumberland. Drew is already a hot item on the recruiting trail.

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Just about every school in the Southeastern Conference has shown interest in Drew with two of them showing more interest than the others.

"Auburn and Alabama are showing a lot of interest," said Drew, an excellent hitter who batted .467 for his high school team last season. "Auburn has said they are going to call me on July 1st (the first day college recruiters can call a recruit). They send me handwritten letters. LSU has a little bit of interest. Clemson, Troy, South Alabama are also showing interest in me. Troy has pretty much said that I have a full ride.

"I've also gotten letters from West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State shows a lot of interest, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Arkansas."

Does he have any schools at the top of his list?

"I like Auburn. I like their school and the atmosphere around it. I also like LSU and Alabama a lot," said the 5-10, 170-pounder.

But he's not shut the door to the other schools staying in contact with him.

"I'm really open to anyone because I just want to play ball," said the 2nd team All-Stater.

Does he plan on committing early or will he take his official visits?

"I think I will take all the (official visits) that I can," said Drew, who recently was named to the 20-man southeast team that will play in the prestigious East Coast Professional Showcase this summer.

Look for additional updates on this highly recruited youngster throughout the summer and fall.

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