2010 Intro: Darius Drummond

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- Darius Drummond followed up a stellar sophomore season with an equally impressive junior campaign.

"Drummond is an explosive type player," Asheville High School coach Danny Wilkins said. "… He's extremely quick, he's got great closing speed, and he will hit you. He's a playmaker and he's a leader."

Junior Highlights:

Drummond, a 6-foot, 170-pound safety, was named to both the All-Western North Carolina Area and All-Mountain Athletic Conference Teams for the second consecutive season. He recorded 109 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 pass breakups, after collecting 105 tackles, five interceptions, nine pass breakups, and four forced fumbles as a sophomore.

In Asheville's 4-4 defense, which mostly utilizes cover-three zone coverage, Drummond is the "centerfielder" safety. While Wilkins believes Drummond could excel at cornerback in the scheme, he says Drummond's skill set is prototypical for that safety position.

"He runs the funnel so well for us," Wilkins said. "He's a very physical player. He loves to support the run. He breaks on the ball and just makes a lot of things happen. He covers up a lot of mistakes up front. He's just a great center fielder back there."

In addition to his responsibilities on defense, Drummond added wide receiver, as well as punt and kick returner, to his list of duties this past season.

"He's such a playmaker and has such good ball skills that we figured we need to get him on offense and give him the ball," Wilkins said.

Drummond ended the season with 32 catches for 544 yards and five touchdowns.

Drummond had also been a standout on Asheville High's track team. However, he recently quit track to focus on football. Throughout his career, he participated in the 100-meter dash, 55-meter dash, long jump, and high jump with personal bests of 11.84 seconds, 6.93 seconds, 19'8", and 6'2", respectively.

Colleges have taken notice of Drummond's abilities. Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and NC State have all expressed strong interest.

"It's early, but once the schools come through this spring it could really pick up for him," Wilkins said.

Heading into the recruiting process, Drummond is open to any opportunity. However, a family connection gives Georgia Tech – his aunt works on campus – an unmatched edge.

"I really like Georgia Tech, because I have family there and it's really the only school I've visited," Wilkins said.

Drummond was invited to junior days at Duke, UNC, and NC State. However, he couldn't make those trips. Before the end of the spring, he does plan to unofficially visit Clemson and Georgia Tech.

Drummond says he plans to attend several camps this summer, but isn't sure of the destinations, besides Clemson's team camp.

Wilkins says he could see Drummond shining on the collegiate level at any position in the defensive secondary or even receiver. However, he believes free safety is Drummond's best fit – and it's the position schools are recruiting him for.

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