A Good Move

Influenced by some family circumstances, Daniel Drummond and his family decided to move, causing the talented class of 2009 linebacker/fullback from Oakwood, Ga., to transfer from West Hall High to nearby Flowery Branch.

So much has changed in just a couple weeks.

First and foremost, Daniel Drummond goes from a struggling program to a winning one. And now, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is a competitive weight lifter, where he quickly is becoming one of the nation's best.

Apparently Drummond is one of the best in the country on the gridiron as well, where roughly 60 schools including Notre Dame are mailing literature. An excited Lee Shaw, who is now Drummond's new head coach, has contacted many of the schools in the south, notifying them of Drummond's move.

Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall has found Drummond's new home, as has assistants from Alabama and Georgia. They were all by the school this week.

"He's a really good football player, but he may be a better person," Shaw said. "He is one of those kids that is the total package. Very high character, integrity kid that works extremely hard in the weight room and classroom. A yes sir, no sir kind of guy, and we're really excited about him joining the Falcon family.

Drummond had 102 tackles, nine of those coming for loss with six sacks last fall. He also forced six fumbles, and recovered four. For 2-8 West Hall, Drummond also ran for around 700 yards and 12 scores. With his 4.66 speed in the 40-yard dash, he had an 80-yard touchdown called back because of a penalty.

Flowery Branch went 9-2 last season, and Shaw cannot wait for spring football with the addition of Drummond.

"Anytime you have a high profile player like that, that moves into your school, that contacts you, you get a little excited and it does catch you off guard," Shaw explained. "I've watched him the last few years playing against him, and just watching him play against other people as we've scouted West Hall, and he's an impact player. What he'll bring to our program, I feel like will be a great benefit. But like anything else, when you come into a new program you have to go through that fit-in process. But so many kids here know him.

"He's got that size," Shaw later added. "He has good aggressiveness. He has a nose for the ball. He is a good football player. He is a good athlete. I think he is very versatile. Good size and great speed for his size. It's going to be fun fitting him in positions that will help us be successful."

Drummond is equally excited about his new school.

"They're weightlifting program is amazing compared to where I've been at," Drummond stated.

Since transferring, Drummond joined the weight lifting team and qualified for the U.S.A. National Weightlifting Championships in Orlando. Fla., this summer after a strong performance at a recent competition.

"I'd only done it for a week, and I finished second," Drummond said. The snatch lift was measured in kilos, but Drummond said he did around 240 pounds. His clean and jerk was 280 pounds.

"My technique was awful at first, but my weight-training coach is real good," Drummond said. "It requires a lot of flexibility."

That strength and flexibility is evident on Friday nights. Drummond, who has a 3.75 GPA, has felt that Georgia Tech has been close to offering him for awhile. They are recruiting him as a fullback, where as most other schools see him as an inside linebacker.

"It's really cool getting stuff from anywhere from Hawaii to Washington," Drummond said. He is waiting for his first offer and contemplating attending upcoming junior days at Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Alabama and Georgia Tech. "It's crazy. It's fun going to the mailbox everyday."

Drummond said he reads everything, and that a couple hand-written letters have come from Notre Dame.

"I honestly don't know that much about Notre Dame, but obviously it's a great school with really good football," Drummond said. "They obviously make a lot of NFL players, which is pretty good."

Drummond's father is definitely high on Notre Dame.

"I think it would be a privilege," Jim Drummond said. "They're at the top of our list as far as I'm concerned."

For Drummond, it's too early to make a list of favorites.

"I'm interested in everybody right now," he said. "I'm trying to stay open minded."

Drummond reported a bench press of 340 pounds, and a squat of 485.

This past fall, Drummond and West Hall were blown out by Flowery Branch. Next season, he'll be looking across the line of scrimmage at his former teammates.

"That will be pretty weird," Drummond stated.

Another change Drummond will easily adapt to when the time comes.


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