Drew Getting Closer to Cutting His List

Ray Drew has 23 scholarship offers and one of them is from Notre Dame. The defensive end from Thomas County Central High School (Ga.) hasn't narrowed down his list of schools yet, but that could come soon.

Notre Dame would love to lure Ray Drew (6-foot-5, 248-pounds) from SEC country, but that will be tough. Nonetheless Scout.com's No. 6 ranked defensive end is willing to listen to the Irish.

"I haven't had a chance to catch up with (the Notre Dame coaches) like I usually do," Drew said. "I've talked to coach Mike Elston in the past, and right now, it's about building a relationship with him and seeing what he's like and what type of person he is. From my first impression he seemed like a nice guy and made a good impression on me. I still get a number of letters from them in the mail each week. I am going to give them a call soon just to touch base with them and see what's going on."

With offers from most of the top programs in the country and endless calls from college coaches Drew works to keep his priorities in order.

"I'm trying not to let it affect my personal life," drew said of the recruiting process. "I know I have another full year of high school before I make it to college, so I try to work on what I have now and then I'll worry about all that later. I know that if I don't take care of what I need to do now, I may not make it there later."

One of the things that Drew did want to do is get out and see some of the schools that had offered him. At the beginning of April he made his way around to a number of schools that he is considering.

"The day after Easter I left on a huge tour of the Southeast," Drew explained. "I went to South Carolina on a Tuesday, Clemson on Wednesday, Tennessee on Thursday, Auburn on Friday and I ended up closing the trip with the Florida spring game on that Saturday.

"I saw things that I definitely liked and I saw some things that I disliked. I got a chance to evaluate each school and how they stack up against each other. It was a good trip all around from that standpoint. It really opened up my eyes. It's a lot easier to get to know a place if you actually visit there."

Drew would like to see a few more schools, but he'd also like to get his list down to a manageable number.

"I'm starting to get a good idea of what I'm looking for," he said. "I've started to narrow things down a little bit. I'm looking at a number of different things, and there are some schools that really have what I'm looking at."

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