If there's one Badger recruit that already knows about winning and playing in big-time atmospheres, it's Maurice Drew.
The 5-8, 195-pound running back plays for De La Salle High School in Concord (Calif.), arguably the best high school program in the nation. Drew has helped De La Salle rack up 130 consecutive wins, including two of the biggest high school football matchups of the year this season.
Drew traveled to Hawaii in week two to take on St. Louis High School in Honolulu, despite having torn a muscle in his ankle a week earlier. Drew, playing at about 65 percent health, had 19 carries for 125 yards, leading his team to a 31-21 victory in front of more than 30,000 fans.
Drew has been playing through his injury, and continuing to perform, leading De La Salle to a 28-7 victory over Long Beach Poly last Friday. He had 21 carries for 170 yards against a defense that is considered one of the best in the country.
Wisconsin was one of the first schools to offer Drew. The Badgers were not scared away by Drew's lack of size, unlike many other schools. But Drew's continued dominance on the gridiron has led to a couple more offers coming in over the three weeks. Offers from California and USC rolled in, joining existing offers from UW, Colorado and Washington State.
Drew said he will wait until after the season to set up official visits, and he plans to make his decision around December. He said distance is not a factor.
"I want to go to a college that has a social environment and an academic environment, because if I get hurt in football, I want something to fall back on," Drew said. "It's not really all about football, because every college team is good. I just want to go somewhere where if you walk down the street and say hi, somebody will say hi back to you, and you can start a conversation."
Drew said he wasn't much of a football fan growing up, so he doesn't have any favorites at this point. He said the Badgers are definitely under consideration.
"The coaches are very nice, and from what I see on TV I like," Drew said. "I'm just going to wait and see and then make my choice at the end."
Drew said he will compare each school's programs in business management, and he would like to play for a school that is versatile enough offensively to use his skills in a variety of ways.
"Running back is where I'm best suited, but a lot of people say I'm a threat because I can play receiver too," Drew said. "I just want to have an overall game where I can do a lot of things. I don't want them to limit me to one thing. I can catch. If people are stopping me in the backfield, you can put me out at receiver. I can also run out of the backfield and catch the ball and stuff like that."
De La Salle's victory over Long Beach Poly, which was also ranked in the nation's top five, sets the Spartans up for their fourth FAB 50 National Championship in the last five years.
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