Ray Drew Wants to Visit UCLA

The four-star defensive end from Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County, Ray Drew, is hoping to get out to Westwood for an official visit, with UCLA one of the schools he's most interested in...

Ray Drew, the 6-foot-5, 249-pound four-star defensive end from Thomas County Central High School in Thomasville, Ga., has yet to narrow his down his list of favorites to five and is still wide open in the recruiting process with around 35 offers.

"I don't have a top number of schools and I haven't cut it down to anything specific yet," Drew said. "I probably won't cut my list down until later on in this whole process because I want to take a look at everything these schools have to offer. I'm going to take my time shaving off teams a little by little and right now all I'm telling schools is that they've got a slim to none chance of landing me."

Drew says he's still considering schools far and wide.

"Schools that I'm considering that are close are schools like Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia Tech, while schools that are distant from me that I like are programs such as LSU, Nebraska, UCLA, USC, California and Syracuse (recent offer).

"Since coaches have been able to call me I've been in a lot of contact with people from Florida, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Nebraska.

"The way I'm looking at is that it's not really important to me to stay close to home and I really don't mind traveling," he said. "I want to get away for college but not be too close to home. It's just a matter of those people that support me and like to watch me play being able to come to my games is something that I'm also thinking about."

Despite not having a list of favorites, Drew has set up one official visit to LSU.

"I'll be out at LSU for an official visit when they play against Tennessee (Oct. 2)," he said. "I grew up a fan of LSU and they're a school whose location isn't too close, so it's the one place I knew I had to set up an official visit to go and see.

"I also like them because they've won two national championships in the past five years, and coach (Les) Miles from what I've heard is a great coach. I also need to get a feel of how the rest of the coaching staff is and how those players are."

So what else is Scout.com's No. 8 defensive end looking for in a program?

"I'm looking at a number of different things like academic success, graduation rates, and the relationship of the staff with their players," he said. "I want to know how coaches are on and off the field and what they stand for. Fan base is also important to me. I'm big on support, and I also like tradition."

Drew also has a few other schools in mind he's thinking of taking official visits to.

"I'd like to get out and see Notre Dame because they've got a Catholic and Christian background, so that's a good reason for me to want to get out and see them," he said.

"USC, Cal and UCLA are the California schools I'm thinking about a lot, but UCLA is the school right now that I'd want to get out to most for an official. Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and the rest of his staff seem like pretty nice people, and I also think I'd really like the temperature out there in California.

"I'm also thinking about Miami, Michigan and Nebraska as schools I might want to officially visit," he said. "And though Ohio State, Oregon or Texas haven't offered yet, they're also schools I'd like to get out and see."

Drew says he's looking to commit to a school either towards the end of the season or closer to national signing day.

Thomas County Central (2-1) is set to face Cairo High School tomorrow night.

Drew says he's got around 15 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on the season so far.

He reports a 2.9 GPA and a 1310 three-part SAT and has no plans to retake the test as he says he's already qualified.

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