May 21, 2009

Drew stepping out as 2011 prospect

When Thomas County Central's Ray Drew talks about putting his best foot forward, he isn't kidding.

The junior defensive end - who just picked up his first verbal offer from Georgia - wears a size 18 shoe, a fact he joked with UGASports that he hears about every day.

"All the time," Drew laughed. "Every day somebody has something to say about it."

Unlike the rest of his teammates, Drew has to order all his footwear off the Internet, including the cleats that he dons on Friday night.

He fill them very well.

At 6-foot-5 and 236 pounds, Drew is just now starting to garner the attention of college recruiters and is a young man who certainly bears watching for the next couple of years.

Obviously, Georgia believes that to be the case as the Bulldogs gave Drew the first of what will certainly be many verbal offers to come.

"It was very exciting. It (the offer) came as really a shock," Drew said. "I was thinking it wouldn't be until next year before I got my first one. I didn't know it would be coming this soon."

The Bulldogs could soon have company.

Drew said that Georgia Tech and Florida State have also been out to scout him, and could soon make verbal offers of their own.

Drew, who admits to following Florida State for most of his life because of the proximity of Thomasville to Tallahassee, knows a thing or two about Athens as well.

"It's still close to home and Georgia is a really good program," he said. "I've been there (to Athens) a few times. It's a nice location and a nice setting."

Drew was actually in the neighborhood a few weeks ago when he took part in the state track meet in nearby Jefferson where he finished third in the Class AAA shot put.

"I was pretty proud of myself," he said. "I would have finished second but I had a scratch. But it wasn't too bad."

Drew admits the whole recruiting process is something he's still getting accustomed with.

"My mom has helped me a lot, but now that it's my junior year, my dad's taking over," he said. "They're both helping me, though."

Although he hasn't exactly decided what he wants to major in, Drew said mechanical engineering intrigues him, as does broadcasting and sports commentary.

But before he worries about that, Drew said he wants to help Thomas County Central improve on last year's 8-3 mark, which concluded with a first-round loss in the Class AAA state playoffs.

While most nights will see Drew line up at his customary position at defensive end, he said that Yellow Jacket coaches also intend to give him a look at tight end.

"I'll play any position they put me in, that's the way I look at it," Drew said. "If I can do well at tight end and open more eyes that way it will show that I'm not just a one-dimensional player."

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