Drew talks Finalists, Decision

The #8-ranked defensive end in the country, Ray Drew thought he would get to February without trimming his list, but he couldn't do it. He has eliminated a number of schools and he talks finalists and his decision...

On Friday, Ray Drew said, "Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and Tennessee are schools that I have visited that are still in it and Michigan, Notre Dame, and UCLA are three schools I haven't visited yet that I am still looking at."

Scout asked Drew if he would definitely sign with one of those schools and he answered with a simple, "yes sir."

The 6-foot-5, 255 pound highly rated defensive end out of Thomasville (GA) Thomas County Central talks about how he came up with his list of finalists.

"I took a look at all of the schools and found which ones seemed most like family, where I feel I relate best to the coaches and players, and where I would get me the most on and off the field in the long run. Those three things are very important to me, so that is what helped me narrow down my list."

One school that did not appear on Drew's final list is Florida State. That is somewhat surprising because FSU has been a school he has followed since a young child.

"There is nothing bad about Florida State, but it just wasn't there for me," he said. "It just came down to me feeling better and more comfortable with other schools."

As of now, Drew's list has nine schools on it. He can only sign with one in the end on that first Wednesday in February though. Auburn and LSU have already received an official visit, he is in the process of finalizing an official visit to UCLA on the weekend of December 4 when they host USC and he said Clemson would likely receive his fourth official.

The fifth visit is up in the air.

"I am not sure about that last one yet. I could go to Michigan or Notre Dame or I could go back to Georgia again. I am not ruling out any of the schools yet. I am not sure who will get the last official visit, but I know I will take them all. I know I cannot get in a car and drive to Michigan and Notre Dame, so I have to take that into consideration."

There is still just over two months to go until Signing Day 2011 and that is likely how long we will have to wait to find out who the number eight defensive end in America chooses.

"That is still my plan. It is not going to be hard to tell schools no in the end, but it will be hard to tell the people that have been recruiting me no. The process has been long and hard and I have grown to not only like a lot of schools, but a lot of people, but I will be excited to tell one school yes on Signing Day."

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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