Dallas Bishop Dunne cornerback Josh Drayden recognizes how fortunate he is.
Playing high school football right in the heart of the talent-rich state of Texas, the 5-10, 165-pound Drayden is one of handful of future Division 1 players on his roster and doesn’t deny that has made him a better player.
“Sometimes going against our offense every day was better than some of the games we actually played,” Drayden told Scout.com. “Going up against people who are going to be D-1 in college, it just prepares you and makes you even better. When you step on the field, it’s still a challenge but you’ve prepared for it.”
The Dallas Metroplex area was successful to Wisconsin a year ago, as the Badgers nabbed four-star tailback Jordan Stevenson from South Oak Cliff. Now with a new coaching staff and Wisconsin needing to build depth at cornerback, first year secondary coach Daronte Jones stopped by Drayden’s school to offer him a scholarship.
“They caught me off guard,” said Drayden. “I wasn’t expecting it. The DB coach came by the school. I shook his hand and he told me that he offered me. I talked to him on Twitter and he said I liked the way I played at the line, (am) real physical, the way I move and my coverage skills.”
Finishing last season with around 70 tackles and five interceptions, Drayden’s offer list is a mixture of local schools (North Texas, Rice, SMU and Texas State), some Big Ten schools (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Northwestern) and a smattering of others across the country. While some of his area peers prefer to stay in the region, Drayden has Midwest interest and already visited Northwestern.
“I’ve never been to Chicago, but that was pretty neat,” said Drayden. “I like the fact that the actual campus was on the lake. I knew it was near it but I didn’t know it was right on it. It was a beautiful place.”
“It’s going to be pretty neat seeing different parts of the country,” Drayden said. “I’m interested in (Wisconsin) because of the tradition. Ever since I’ve been born, they’ve been in the top25 every year. They’re always competing for a Big Ten championship and a national championship.”
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.104 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Drayden points to his physicality and intelligence as his two major strengths.
“Sometimes I know my opponent better than he knows himself,” said Drayden. “I know what he’s going to do before he even knows what he’s about to do, which gives me an upper hand. I do a lot of film study to know what to do in the game and I can adapt to different receivers.”
While saying committing before the season is a possibility, Drayden wants to use his official visits to help him decide.
“I want to get out to different places so I am not relying on a computer or other people to make my decision,” said Drayden. “I just want to see places for myself so I know.”