Irish Hope To Lure Drew

It isn't easy for schools to grab top prospects from the state of Georgia, but the new staff at Notre Dame has its sights set on one of the top defensive ends in the country, Ray Drew from Thomas County Central High School (Thomasville, Ga.)

Ray Drew (6-foot-5, 243-pounds) isn't much of a secret, as scholarship offers continue to pour in from around the country. Drew has offers from some of the top programs in the country and he recently landed one from the Irish.

"I spoke with coach Elston one time, and hopefully I talk to them in the near future," Drew said. "They offered me a scholarship when I spoke with them last Thursday. I just spoke with coach Elston, I didn't get to speak with coach Kelly. Coach Elston said that he was going to try to come down sometime in the spring, but I plan to talk to them before then. I'd like to talk to him again, but also get a chance to talk to coach Kelly."

"I only know a little about the Irish. I don't really know a whole lot other than what I saw in the movie ‘Rudy'. I know about Touchdown Jesus and that it's a Catholic university. Wherever I go, I'm not only looking to get my education and improve my athletic ability, but I want a place that's going to develop into a better person as well."

With 19 scholarship offers in hand, Drew already has plenty of options, but he doesn't want to rush the recruiting process.

"Right now I'm open to all schools," Drew explained. "I'm not interested in anyone more than anyone else right now. I'm going to take my time with my decision, because some people say it's a four or five-year decision, but really it's a 40 or 50-year decision. It's dealing with the rest of your life, so I'm going to take my time and hold off as long as I can. But whenever the time is right, that's when I'll make the decision, but I need to be happy wherever I go. I'm going to hold off and make sure that I make the right decision. I don't want to have any doubts in my mind whenever I take that next step."

Drew will also try to take a look at as many schools as he can prior to his decision. He recently made trips to the two in-state schools, and has a few more trips planned in the future.

"I just recently went to Georgia and Georgia Tech two weeks ago," he said. "I was going to try and make it down to Florida for a junior day this weekend, but I don't think I'll be able to make that. I know there are some junior days coming up at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and places like that. We're just going to try and hit some of the schools that are closer around just to get on campus and see what they have." Top Stories