Strike Ray Drew from Georgia’s list of potential recruiting visitors for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. Go ahead and strike him from Florida State’s list and Alabama’s as well.
The AJC Super 11 defensive end and 5-star prospect is not going to visit anywhere on this upcoming final weekend of the college football season. Instead he’s going to join his Thomas County Central teammates in a home basketball game against rival Valdosta.
“Even if I didn’t have a basketball game I can’t absolutely say I would have gone [to Georgia],” Drew said Sunday night. “I also wanted to go to Florida-Florida State and Auburn-Alabama. It would have been a hard choice anyway. But I need to be there for my team on Saturday.”
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Drew starts at power forward for the Yellow Jackets. He joined the basketball team the Monday after the football season ended with a 15-0 loss to Dutchtown and led them in scoring the next night with 24 points.
“I love basketball,”Drew said. “I believe football actually helps me in basketball a good bit.”
Drew is extremely quick. And who’s going to move him off the block in the low post?
Meanwhile, Drew’s football recruitment is slowly coming into sharper focus. He narrowed his list of more than 50 scholarship offers to a top six this past weekend. Alphabetically they are Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.
“They’re all even,” Drew said. “I don’t have a leader.”
Drew said he is also going to take an official visit to either to Michigan, Notre Dame or UCLA. Right now none of those are listed among his favorites but could replace one if the visit goes well.
“I’ve been to a lot of places in the South,” Drew said. “I want to get out of the Southeast and see if there may be some better opportunities elsewhere.”
The real competition among his remaining interests will be to land one of his final official visits. He has already taken two of his NCAA-allotted five, to Auburn and LSU. With at least one of those three remaining paid trips going out of the region, that leaves Georgia, Clemson, Florida and Tennessee to battle over the final two official visits.
It was already hard to get on Drew’s dance card before he added basketball. He’s a licensed minister who preaches somewhere almost every Sunday. He has been taking a college course at night as part of joint enrollment, also has a trip to New York planned in December and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl the first week in January.
So Drew is unsure about a timeline for a decision. But he does know what it will come down to.
“It’s really based on relationships,” Drew said. “Football is going to take care of itself. I’m going to go to a good program and get a good education whatever choice I make. So who do I enjoy spending time with and who do I get along with? Where am I going to want to live the next three, four or five years of my life? That’s the question.”