Rob Drum is one to watch

Rob Drum (OT, Birmingham, AL) - One of the more intriguing prospects in this year's class preps at Spain Park (AL).

Basketball was the name of the game for this 6' 7", 270 pounder until his junior season. Rob then decided to give football a try, and as the old saying goes, "the rest is now history."

Although Drum has only one year of playing experience, it has not stopped Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Duke from offering. Ole Miss, Alabama, and Auburn are also heavily in the mix.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Rob Drum:

What do you do best out on the football field? "I would say my pass blocking. I just try to use my length and long arms to the best of my advantage."

What most do you need to work on? "Last season was my first year to play football, so I need to work on the fundamentals to the game. I need to create better run blocking habits too."

Why did you just now start playing football? "Because of basketball."

When you first started playing football; what came the most natural to you? "It definitely was not staying low (laugh). It is hard for someone 6' 7" to stay low. I relate pass blocking to playing defense in basketball. You just keep the guy in front of you. So really, pass blocking was not hard for me to excel. It was very easy for me."

Talk about your experiences from playing in your first year of organized football? "Well, it went great. I was really happy that I decided to give football a try. I definitely made the right decision. Lets see, I played offensive tackle and a little bit of tight end at the beginning of the season. I played in all 13 games. By game six, I was starting, and I started the rest of the way. We went 9-4 and lost in the 3rd round of the playoffs to Hoover, and they were like the #2 team in the country, something like that."

Where have you camped this summer? "For camps, I have gone to Ole Miss and Alabama, and that has been it so far. I am still planning to go to Auburn's camp, and our team is going to the Hawg Wild team camp at Mountain Brook (AL) High."

Talk about your experience at the Ole Miss camp. "I guess I would have to say it was a really good camp for me being that I am new to the game. It was all about fundamentals, techniques, and just trying to make you into a better player. It was not an evaluation process. I would also have to say it was the largest out of the two camps."

Talk about your experience at the Alabama camp. "It was a little more evaluation oriented, more like a combine. The camp was not as long, and they did not do that many drills or teachings."

Have you spoken to either staff about what they thought of your performances? "I have spoken to Coach Deleone at Ole Miss a couple of times. He said they were really interested in me, and they hope to have an offer for me as soon as they see some more film."

Who are some other schools that are heavily in the mix for your services? "Duke, Louisville, and Georgia Tech are the other three schools that I am very interested in. And I guess you could put Auburn in there too."

Any offers? "Duke, Louisville, and Georgia Tech have offered me."

Are you surprised that you are receiving this much recruiting attention with only one year of experience? "This has definitely surprised me. I did not know what to say when I got my first offer from Georgia Tech. They offered me back in February."

What are Georgia Tech's positives? "Definitely their academics and being a big time ACC contender."

What has caught your eye with Duke? "I went up there at the beginning of the summer. I love the area and their academic record. You can go a long ways with a Duke degree. They also really convinced me they are on their way up, as far as football goes, and that was the biggest thing of all."

You said you visited Duke; where else have you been? "I went to Auburn's A-Day. I went to Alabama's Jr Day, and I also went to Georgia Tech's Jr Day. I took unofficials to Louisville and Duke this summer, and I have been to Ole Miss and Alabama for their camps."

What did you learn about Louisville during your visit? "I guess I really got to personally see why they made such a rise in the college ranks. I really think they are going to play for a national championship in the near future."

Talk about Alabama's positives? "Our whole family roots for Alabama. I guess it is just the history and tradition."

Auburn? "Definitely the winning they have been doing recently. I hear they have a real good strength and conditioning program too."

What attracts you to Ole Miss? "When I went there, I just loved their campus. It has that old southern feeling to it. I guess you can say it is quaint over there."

What are going to be the main factors for you when it comes decision time? "I definitely have to be in a successful program. That is going to be biggest thing, and their academics will be very important too."

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