Drew receives offer from the Trojans

Ray Drew from Central High in Thomasville, Ga., received his 20th and 21st scholarship offers today from Vanderbilt and Kentucky, a week after receiving his 19th from USC in the mail. The Trojans weren't previously recruiting the four-star defensive lineman, but Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron had been for the Vols. So, there's some familiarity with the new USC coaching staff.

Ray Drew from Central High in Thomasville, Ga., received his 20th and 21st scholarship offers today from Vanderbilt and Kentucky, a week after receiving his 19th from USC in the mail. The Trojans weren't previously recruiting the four-star defensive lineman, but Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron had been for the Vols. So, there's some familiarity with the new USC coaching staff.

I like USC," said Drew. "USC is USC and you can't overlook them. They have had a lot of good running backs and defensive linemen come out of there as well. Outside of Coach Orgeron and Lane Kiffin, I really don't know much about the USC coaches. But the tradition at ISC is there and nobody can doubt them on that."

One aspect of USC that does put doubt in the minds of many prospects who live thousands of miles from Los Angeles, is the distance from home.

"Like I've said before, I don't have a problem with traveling, I don't have a problem going anywhere for college, I just want to be courteous to my parents," said Drew.

We asked Drew if he had any plans to take unofficial visits during the spring time?

"I'll be trying to get out to some of the schools that are closer to home like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and then maybe the South Carolina schools," said Drew. "Then take my official visits to USC, LSU and schools like that."

If Drew does end up taking official visits to multiple schools, his plan to announce on signing day will likely pan out, but there are a few circumstances that could pop up during the process that could lead him to make an early decision.

"I plan on letting the process play itself out until signing day, but you never know," Drew said. "If I visit a school and I know that's where I want to be, I could announce early. Also, we'll see how much aggravation I end up dealing with. I don't want things to get too crazy for me or my family."

Drew provided us with a few items he's ultimately looking for in a school and football program.

"The main thing I'm looking for in a school is academic success," said Drew. "As far as football goes, my relationship with the coaches, a winning tradition, fan support and stuff like that.

"I'm looking for a school that suits me, because I could go to a school and get hurt my first year. I need to feel comfortable at a school as if I will never play football. And less than one percent of football players make it to the NFL. You need to make sure you have your education."

Scout.com will continue to provide updates throughout the recruiting process.


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