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March 24, 2008
Vols trying to 'Drum' up help in Windy City
In the class of 2006, Tennessee went in to Chicago and brought back Ramon Johnson to Knoxville.
Three years later, the Vols are back in the "Windy City" recruiting defensive end Craig Drummond. Drummond is in the early stages of recruiting and is feeling out all of his potential suitors.
"I'm pretty much even," Drummond said. "Michigan, USC, Illinois, Kansas State and Tennessee are some of the schools that are recruiting me."
The Vols are yet to offer Drummond, and he knows very little about the Tennessee program.
"I know they have a great program," Drummond said. "That's about it."
One advantage Tennessee may have is Johnson. Both young men are from the Morgan Park area and grew up going to school together.
"I know (Johnson) real well," Drummond said. "I went to grammar school with him. I just talked to him Saturday when he was in for spring break."
Drummond found out the Vols were interested when he got a phone call from Johnson a while back.
"He called me and told me that they were talking about me," Drummond said. "He said they want me to come down and visit this summer."
He hopes to make that trip to Knoxville this summer, but presently is focused on attaining the proper test score on the college entrance exam to meet NCAA requirements.
"I'm focused on my ACT right now," Drummond said. "I'm taking classes on Saturday to prep for it."
At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Drummond already has the frame to play at the next level. He also participates in track to get ready for his senior campaign.
"I'm running track and lifting weights to get better," Drummond said. "I think it helps me get off the ball faster and gives me better footwork.
"I feel like I come off the ball fast. I make plays. I'm a pass rusher, but I'm also good at stopping the run."
Rivals.com rates Drummond a four-star prospect and the No. 23 player in the Class of 2009.