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Fla. O-lineman Returned to Chapel Hill

While attending Fedora's Freak Show, Jerry Drake spoke with both Chris Kapilovic and Larry Fedora.

Jerry Drake Jr. is expertly capable of juxtaposing Fedora's Freak Show with a typical one-day camp. A year before being treated to the Freak Show, the offensive lineman attended a North Carolina one-day camp.

"[The Freak Show] is just at a different time of the day with better competition," Drake said. "It was good a atmosphere. Being that it was at night, I liked it a lot better."

Just like the summer prior, Drake, a 6-foot-6, 316-pounder from Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Gardens, was coached by Chris Kapilovic throughout the Freak Show.

"He's a good coach," Drake said. "He definitely has a lot of experience putting lineman into the NFL."

Kapilovic, who coaches UNC's offensive lineman, spoke briefly with Drake following the Freak Show.

"He talked to me about how much he thought I improved through the years," Drake said. 

Before the Freak Show, Drake met with Larry Fedora in his office.

"He basically talked to me about what UNC has to offer," Drake said. "He told me that they're trying to get two more tackles and they hope I'm one of them."

Drake starts at left tackle for Palm Beach Gardens.

Despite a pair of visits to UNC, Drake says he has "no idea" where the Tar Heels stand with him.

"I really don't know where I want to go," Drake said. "I'm trying to analyze all my options. I don't really have like an order or a list."

Furthermore, Drake isn't sure when/if a favorite schools list will be established. He knows he's graduating early and thus has a shorter decision time frame than others.

Drake says official visits will likely be required to help make his college decision. His official visit destinations have yet to be determined.

Fifteen schools have offered Drake. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, UNC, and West Virginia highlight that list.

Besides UNC, Drake visited Auburn and Tennessee this summer. He believes he's likely finished with recruiting trips this summer.

Drake's father, Jerry, Sr. who played defensive line for six seasons for the Arizona Cardinals, owns property just outside of Chapel Hill. That makes returning to UNC easy for the younger Drake. However, Jerry, Jr. hasn't made plans for a third visit.



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