Tight End Target

West Virginia will likely take one tight end in this year's recruiting class, and one of the players they are targeting for that spot is a Pennsylvania native with an impressive athletic and academic record.

Tight end Chris Drager of Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, Penn., was at WVU's camp for rising seniors, and while on campus felt the love from the Mountaineer staff.

"The coaches were really cool," Drager said following the one-day session. "I didn't know they wanted me this much. They told me I was one of the main tight ends they were looking at."

Drager, who looks smaller and shiftier than his listed size of six feet, four inches and 230 pounds, has received offers from several schools, including Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in recent weeks, but still has three atop his list.

"West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Stanford, those are the big ones," he noted following the camp. "There are others, but it's still basically between those three. I will probably make my choice before football season starts on August 14th.

"All the schools I am looking at have their good points, but West Virginia is only an hour away," Drager continued. And their strength and conditioning coach is awesome. I love the coaching staff here, and Coach Hand is awesome. They've won the Big East championship the past three years, so obviously they are a winning program. They also have the majors I am looking at."

Academics are also important to Drager, who has a perfect 4.0 GPA to go along with an 1150 SAT.

"I haven't fully decided yet, but I am interested in criminology, psychology or exercise physiology," he noted.

Drager, who also could be a defensive end should the tight end spot not work out, caught 17 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown as a junior. He showed his two-way skills by racking up 53 tackles and nine sacks on defense. His performance led him to All-Conference and All-League honors as both a sophomore and a junior.


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