5-star DE Ray Drew won’t be among visitors at Tech-Georgia game

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.”

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Sanford Drive

November 21st, 2010
11:36 pm

He will wear Red and Black.

Techies…. Take this week to prepare yourselves to see (((((48-13))))) on a LOT of blogs this Winter, Spring and Summer. Also, prepare plenty of “we are smarter than you” comebacks. Because that’s all you’ve got in a football argument.

To Hell with Georgia Tech!!!!!

5 stars equals 6 losses

November 22nd, 2010
12:03 am

and what exactly do you have? 11 arrest, hit and run, drunk and driving athletic director, a win over Idaho St and Lafayette? Some king of the hill you all are..Oh yeah that’s right, your coach has a suntan

TRU DAWG

November 22nd, 2010
12:08 am

WE WIN AGAIN SORRY TECHIES

SoCal Dawg

November 22nd, 2010
1:02 am

No need. He’s in the tide’s back pocket!

sam

November 22nd, 2010
1:53 am

Hopefully Richt can work his Christian magic on the kid. I would say none of those schools have the rep Richt has as a person and a Christian.

Typical Rednecks

November 22nd, 2010
4:47 am

“He will wear Red and Black.” Get over yourselves. UGA sucks. To hell with Georgia!

Never eating at the Outback Resturant again.

November 22nd, 2010
6:02 am

Doesn’t sound like he’s coming to Athens. I really wish he was. They need him and it would seem to be a perfect fit, but, if he hasn’t even been there yet…

Never eating at the Outback Resturant again.

November 22nd, 2010
6:03 am

Chip any rumors about a nose tackle yet ?? Maybe a Juco ??

Well said

November 22nd, 2010
6:31 am

Remember what he said, “It’s all about relationships”. The man is very close to Coach Richt and QB commit Lemay. He is just giving other schools a chance to convince him otherwise. Truly expect this kid in Red and Black when all is said and done.

Paddy

November 22nd, 2010
6:52 am

Drew would be a great addition to this class. Lord knows we could use some d-linemen.

gdogs33

November 22nd, 2010
6:53 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWL_A62vWGc Brandon Boykin Junior. No offer from Georgia.

kingster

November 22nd, 2010
7:18 am

Hummmmm, this article is about Ray Drew who wants to maybe attend UGA, why all the negative feed on Tech, are UGA fans just straight stupid and hateful, your team is not evening playing 500 ball, if you guys get a bowl game, is this the only way you can become a above 500 team, is this the same team that has has a top 15 recruiting class for the last 6 years, yep, keep kicking TECH because you don’t want to look in the mirror?

SatchelBuzz

November 22nd, 2010
7:35 am

Up yours Sanford Drive. THWG!

collegeballfan

November 22nd, 2010
7:55 am

“Where am I going to want to live the next three, four or five years of my life? That’s the question.”

Finally a kid with brains who understands what his decision is about.

Good luck to you.

Richt Spray Tan

November 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

Have ya’ll seen how tan I am…even in the winter?

Flag Boy

November 22nd, 2010
8:13 am

Anybody mind if I twirl my flag for you at halftime?

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

OK, I’m not one for trolling or trying to flame a thread, but “5 stars equals 6 losses” made me laugh….

Rhall55

November 22nd, 2010
8:51 am

UGA needs to have a great recruiting season: to fill needs and get premier players!!! Unlike the 2006 Class, where UGA only picked up (3) of the AJC’s Super 11; lost out on Eric Berry (TN and KC Chiefs), Allen Bailey (MIA and future pro), and Cameron Hayward (Ohio St and future pro); even Ga Tech picked up (3) from the list, which were more productive: Morgan Burnette, Josh Nesbitt, and Jonathan Dwyer!!!! UGA must get the top talent in the State, recruit the JUCO ranks better to fill needs, and get more early enrollees; if this does not happen, find some CLOSERS!!!

Chuck Allison

November 22nd, 2010
8:53 am

Chip, since this is the GT sports page, how about reporting on GT recruiting as the title states, or don’t report anything at all!

leroy

November 22nd, 2010
9:07 am

CHUCKIE I apologize. Didn’t realize this had anything to do with GT since the subject was about Ray Drew. And mentioning the young man we can only hope he really is a man of principle because that would mean he would stay in-state and play for the fans that paid for his education and training and not play for the enemy.

ryan Red & Black

November 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

Lowndes25 and Chip said that Drew was going to try make it to the game so don’t read to much into this the one you may have to worry about is Justin Scott Wesley .

BIG DAWG

November 22nd, 2010
9:24 am

Chip, I don’t know whether you and the recruiting services compare notes, you get your stories from them, they get their stories from you, but it is strange that you report on the same players all the time. Not much originality there, but I have come to understand that the AJC will never be a tenth of it’s old self. A two minute read will do it most of the time.

layinlow

November 22nd, 2010
9:29 am

The question for UGA with regard to Drew will be- does he want to play in a 4-3 or will he be happy as a DE or OLB in a 3-4? DE in a 3-4 are really not going to be the pass rushers in this type of defense. The OLB are the stars in a 3-4. I do believe that Drew is smart enough to realize that the type of defense will be a factor in his decision and future. If he is going to be a star and have a future in the NFL and he deicides on UGA then he will have to move to OLB. Of course Grantham should be teelling him I will make you thhe next Demarcus Ware.

CDAWG

November 22nd, 2010
9:37 am

Chuck where does it say that this is a Tech sports page. I think it says Drew won’t be at the Tech/Georiga game. If he made this a Tech sports page there would only be 3 comments. You guys did not even fill up you 20,000 seat stadium for the Duke game, how pitiful!

ryan Red & Black

November 22nd, 2010
9:38 am

hopefully we hear from Lowndes25 on Ray Drew and whats going on with Justin Scott Wesley there will be other big recruits at the game . Here is just some of the names Crowell , Malcolm Mitchell , and Jay Rome .

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

@ryan Red & Black Lowndes25 is off in a corner crying because all his Vikings are in G&G, and ‘12 will continue the trend when Clemons becomes a Nole. ;)

Mark Richt=Helen Hunt

November 22nd, 2010
9:51 am

If the kid is a practicing minister, then we need him in Athens to serve on our jail ministry. Our players that are locked up need the good word. That is a huge congregation for him!

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
9:51 am

Chip,
Can you find some information on Broderick Broddy? Other than the fact that he can run fast and looks pretty big I can’t find anything on him. Just wondering if GT got another kid that should be playing for likes of Ga. Southern (which also was recruiting him) or if GT got a possible under the radar diamond in the rough.

Roll Tide with Pride!!!

November 22nd, 2010
9:53 am

Ship is sinking UGA fans:
– Crowell is going to Bama.
– Drew is very close with Saban – but is more or a wild card.
– Rome – could see him at UGA – but something is telling me he will not end up in Athens – just a gut feel.

Guys – get ready for the IRON BOWL – Should be a barn burner!!!

Need to congratulate Auburns staff for putting together this team – needless to say – the rise of ALABAMA under NICK SABAN has forced Auburn to make changes as they were becoming stale program. I personally do not think Chizik was involved in any wrong-doing in the recruitment of Cam Newton.

Looks like the Preacher Newton is pretty much scum of the earth – but let’s paly some football and sort out that crud later.

UGA has been passed by FLORIDA, LSU, ALABAMA, AUBURN, SOUTH CAROLINA, MISSISSIPPI, ARKANSAS …… maybe the UGA program is STALE???

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

Sorry meant Broderick Snoddy

ryan Red & Black

November 22nd, 2010
9:55 am

Hey naganole i think you have woke him up i will say if we get Crowell then you just might get Josh Clemons .

MikeP

November 22nd, 2010
9:58 am

So this is what, the fourth time Drew was supposed to visit UGA and canceled? How interested can he be? He didn’t cancel on Auburn or LSU…. Dawgs better start looking elsewhere for a D-lineman.

Lowndes25

November 22nd, 2010
10:07 am

@naganole, keep dreaming about Clemons…he is going to UGA…mark it down.

@ryan, I had heard rumblings a few weeks ago that the only thing that would keep Drew from coming to Athens this weekend for the GT game was if he had a basketball game that weekend…turns out he does. He rescheduled his trip to Athens for the Senior Gala which is the single biggest recruiting weekend for us. I am not worried about him at all.

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
10:07 am

ryan Red & Black Not the ‘11 RB, the ‘12 LB…

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:08 am

Chip I don’t have all day. Seriously I need to know are these stats normal: Off. Back–#22 Broderick Snoddy-15 carries/201 yards, 3 TDs. I also read somewhere that UGA had even made some feelers if Cromwell did not work out.

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:10 am

Damn I can’t spell this morning Crowell

Ramblin Man

November 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

Lowndes25 you seem to be in the know. Have you heard anything about this kid?

ryan Red & Black

November 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

I know naganole i said i was not recruiting expert oh and Lowndes25 what about Justin Scott Wesley .

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

@Lowndes25 Like Telvin? Oh wait…

Chris

November 22nd, 2010
10:20 am

Chip my friend the dominoes have started to fall, my sources tell me Georgia soft verball commit Justin Scott-Wesley is considering Louisville after a visit over the weekend. Justin states that the Mark Richt’s job security as a reason, georgia’s classless fans bashing the head coach and the team as another reason and louisville coaching staff as another. Justin will visit maryland and may still visit georgia in the future. Georgia is screwed, recruits are starting to look elsewhere

Chris

November 22nd, 2010
10:23 am

@Roll Tide with Pride!!!

I know we have a good shot a Ray Drew just as anyone else, this guy is looking at all options availible. The tide still has a shot at him. But for georgia this is a sign of the future. Crowell, Rome, Mitchell, Bray, Dickson all top recruits are looking elsewhere from georgia. The tide have a shot at most of these guys.

Roll Tide

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
10:24 am

@Chris UGA’s class is going to be fine. Louisville has a strong chance to take AC Leonard from UF. Strong is just a great recruiter…

Chris

November 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

@naganole

The dominoes have started to fall my friend, nobody believes recruits reads this blog, but Justin says he doesn’t like the way Georgia’s classless fans bash the team. More will follow before signing day trust me.

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

@Chris Every team has fans that bash their team.

Chris

November 22nd, 2010
10:29 am

@naganole

I am getting some info on FSU as well, recruiting looks good so far

naganole

November 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

@Chris

Oh yes, and about to get a whole lot better :D

Chris

November 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

I remember Greg Reid from Lowndes, do you think he is NFL bound after next year?

Lowndes25

November 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

@Chris, JSW just had his head filled with junk while he was on his official visit to UL…happens all of the time…give him a few days and he will calm down. I am not worried about him at all.

@naganole, I have been telling you for a while that Clemons is different than those other guys for a few reasons…you will see…

@Ramblin Man, Snoddy is a good pickup for Tech…he is lightning fast and I know that UGA had been talking to his coach some. He is a little on the small side, but he makes up for that with his speed…he will fit in nicely in Tech’s offense.

Recruiting insider

November 22nd, 2010
10:35 am

Drew will NOT sign with UGA. He will go to Clemson. I hate it, but it’s true. Guaranteed.

Chris

November 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

@Lowndes25

No my friend JSW sounds like a louisville commit, I have proof. This guy likes everything about Louisville.