Intro 2014: Dominique Drake

Dominique Drake ran all over Arizona high school defenses last season. As he continues to improve his game, he has an interesting connection to Syracuse. Get to know him inside.

2014 Buena High (AZ) running back Dominique Drake is putting up huge numbers and is starting to receive some interest. Still early in the process, he does not hold any offers.

"Right now, I've talked to Washington a little bit, and Utah," Drake said. "On the east coast, Alabama a little bit with letters and stuff."

Watching Drake on film, his cutting ability stands out. He can make moves in tight spaces, and runs with a lot of power. While he lacks elite speed, he has the skill set to be a productive back at the next level.

"My strength is my strength, my speed in my cuts," Drake explained. "I need to work on my acceleration, boost my speed, and work on my footwork to make my cuts quicker. Every day I work on footwork with jump rope and things like that. I do a lot of things to develop footwork."

While the recruiting process is just beginning for the talented back, he knows what he's looking to make sure a school is a good fit.

"I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff," Drake admitted. "The school is important as far as how the program is going. Education is big too. I don't care about distance from home."

Dominique Drake has an interesting connection to Syracuse. He and JUCO safety signee Darius Kelly are friends, and the two have discusses playing at Syracuse together. The new staff would have to show interest, but it's something Drake would definitely consider.

"Yeah we've talked about it a little bit," the Sierra Vista (AZ) product said. "I haven't talked to the new staff yet. I would be interested in them. It'd be cool to play with Darius."

As a junior, Drake was very productive on the field. Despite that, he continues to work hard to improve, and has set lofty goals for his senior season.

"I ran over 1,600 yards this past year and 23 touchdowns," Drake claimed. "I expect next year to pass 2,000 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. This year I'm going to be able to play linebacker slash safety. My coach and I have been working on that. So if a team wanted me to move to defense I'd be open to it."

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