May 4, 2008
Georgia wideout picks up his first offer
At this weekend's Nike Football Training Camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala., one player that helped his recruiting stock with a strong performance was Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson wide receiver Richard Drake. Before word could even spread about his strong performance, Drake already found himself with a new offer in hand.
"When I came back from the Nike Camp I checked my messages and it was the assistant coach from Eastern Michigan calling," Drake said. "He said he had to get it approved but they were offering me."
The call from assistant coach Jay Peterson wasn't the first communication that Drake had had with the Eastern Michigan staff.
"I've been keeping in touch with him," he said. "I haven't gotten any mail but we talk a lot and email a lot. He told me that they have great academics. He said he thinks that it will be a great experience for me. He said he'd tell me more about it when he sends me mail."
When it comes time to make a decision, Drake will be looking a few factors in particular.
"First thing I'm looking at is how quick I can play, the academic part of it, the facilities and the strength and conditioning," he said.
Growing up, Drake followed Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee and he has plans to attend a few camps and campuses this summer.
"I'm going to the Clemson, Auburn and Tennessee camps," he said. "I'm going to just work hard in the weight room and just keep my explosiveness up to par."
Drake helped himself this past weekend at the University of Alabama where he showed great hands, size and ability to get open against the defensive backs.
"I think I did my thing. It was competitive. I felt that whoever stepped out in front of me I could take care of them. I think it was highly competitive. I did well and got a lot out of it."
As word spreads of his dominance this weekend, Eastern Michigan may not be alone in the pursuit of his services.
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