110 tackles, 35 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, 25 QB hurries, 8 forced fumbles, and 2 recovered fumbles this year.
"I was named Metro MVP over Stefoin Francois but
he won District MVP over me because his team won District and we came in second,"
added the always well spoken Drake Nevis.
We asked one of the more well
respected coaches in the City of New Orleans who the best defensive lineman is
in the Big Easy and here is what he had to say.
is the real deal, make no bones about it, but Marrero's Drake Nevis is without
question the best in not only this city, but in this state. You have to scheme
around him, and then you have to send triple teams at him all night," added
O. Perry Walker's head coach, Skip Lamothe. "I am not taking anything away
from Rolando, because both of them will be playing on Sunday's one day, but Drake
is a special/special player."
What makes Drake so special in Nevis'
"I just come after you every play. I do not take any plays off.
I use my speed (4.8 at Nike Combine), size (6' 1", 300), and strength (435
bench) to my advantage. But if you do not have a motor that never stops, what
good does it do?"
It is those attributes that have college recruiters
salivating at getting this special talent on their campus, but Drake remains committed
to the University of Mississippi.
"I just have that special bond with
their staff, and I feel really comfortable with my surroundings up there. They
have everything I need up there. That is why I committed to Ole Miss."
Drake remains committed, he has not shut the door on the competing schools.
have lined up official visits to Ole Miss (12/1), LSU (12/8), Auburn (1/6), and
I am still talking to Clemson and Florida."
Which colleges have now
offered Drake a scholarship?
"Lets see, Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn, Clemson,
Florida, Oklahoma, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma State,
Texas A&M, Florida State, man, really, there are so many I can not think of
them all. There are a bunch of them, like 40 something overall."
had a chance to watch two of the colleges he will take an official visit with
this past Saturday.
"I went to the LSU/Ole Miss game. It was at LSU,
so they gave me some tickets and I went and sat in their section. I did not get
a chance to talk to the Ole Miss coachesbut I called Coach Wilson before the game
and wished him luck."
What was Drake expecting from both teams before
"I was expecting Ole Miss to play like it like it was a
championship game because they are not ranked and they had nothing to lose They
wanted to shock the world over a ranked team. They should have won the game, but
LSU just pulled a rabbit out of their hat on 4th down on the last play of regulation.
I expected LSU to play hard, which they did. They both played pretty much how
I expected them too. It is a big rival game, so you know, they are going to slug
Drake had a chance to watch the defensive lines for both
"Ole Miss is quick. They come off of the ball and attack. They
do not sit around and wait for them to come to them. That is how I like to play.
And LSU, they attack too. Both teams got a bunch of sacks."
the differences in how the teams approached the game?
"It was senior
day for LSU, kind of like homecoming because they walk down with their parents.
So that always pumps the other team up because that tells them that they have
no respect for them if you are scheduled on senior night or homecoming. That means
the other team expects to beat you. So you know, Ole Miss came out focused and
determined to win. Ole Miss looked a little more determined to me. That is not
taking anything away from LSU, because they were focused too."
Drake feel like he fit in one defense better than the other?
not really. They both play an attacking style."
When Drake goes on
his official visits; what will he be comparing?
"The main thing I
will be looking at who they have at my position. Then I will look at what kind
of talent I will be surrounded with. I will also look at who is coming in my class
and will I redshirt or not. And lastly, I will look at what kind of coaching I
will receive. But mainly, I will be looking at the depth chart."
Drake begun to research the depth charts for each school?
done a little research with Ole Miss, Auburn, and LSU. So far it looks like Auburn
has more depth than LSU and LSU has more depth than Ole Miss."
lastly, this is what makes Drake even more attractive for college recruiters.
have a 3.0 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.
White and Gold/Maroon and Gold (Terrevone High)
#99 Blue and Blue/White and
Blue (John Ehret High)
Drake Nevis earns Metro MVP in Big Easy
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