Draper Is One to Watch

The lineman from Paso Robles, Travis Draper, showed some great athleticism and opened eyes at the Los Angeles Nike Camp. He said he has an early favorite...

Travis Draper, 6-5, 250, Paso Robles (Calif.) High, was one of the best surprises of the Los Angeles Nike Camp.

For a kid his size, he had some eye-opening quickness and athleticism. He ran a 4.79 in the 40, which was fastest among the offensive linemen in the camp, a 4.63 shuttle, and jumped 26 inches in the vertical. His athleticism made many speculate that Draper might be better suited as a defensive lineman, which Draper himself wasn't adverse to.

"I played defense, too, last year," Draper said. "Defensive end and tackle. I played mostly offense, but I'm open to play anything."

College coaches are probably just in the beginning stages of getting to know Draper, since he wasn't very well-known before the L.A.Nike Camp. He said, so far, he's received a moderate amount of recruiting attention. "I'm getting letters, but no offers yet. I hope I will soon." He said that UCLA, USC, Fresno State and Stanford are some of the schools that have been contacting him through the mail.

When asked if he had a favorite school, Draper said, "UCLA is my favorite. I liked them for a while. I've been in touch with them, too. They're looking to see me more and then I'm hoping something might happen."

Draper said, though, that if he was offered by a favorite early, he'd probably still wait and not commit. "I want to see what my options would be. I don't think I'm going to prolong the process, but I don't want to commit right off either."

He said he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

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