DE Ray Drew talks UGA after whirlwind tour of NYC

U.S. Army All-Americans Ray Drew (R) and Dee Hart pose in Times Square while in New York earlier this week. (Photo provided by U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

U.S. Army All-Americans Ray Drew (R) and Dee Hart pose in Times Square while in New York earlier this week. (Photo provided by U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

Ray Drew could not help but laugh when recounting the last few days he spent in New York City.

“You can’t describe it in words,” said the AJC Super 11 defensive end from Thomas County Central High School in Thomasville. “It was very, very exciting, which is an understatement. Here I am, this big kid from a town with one caution light, catching taxi cabs and running around in New York City. It was the experience of a lifetime!”

Drew was in the Big Apple from Sunday to Tuesday as a player representative for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. As a finalist for the prestigious all-star game’s player of the year honors, he was being whisked around by a PR firm on a media tour.

Drew and running back Demetrius Hart of Orlando went sightseeing at Rockefeller Plaza and Radio City Music Hall. They toured NBC and met Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison on the set of “Football Night in America.” They were interviewed for a segment that will air Thursday morning on ESPN’s First Take. They attended the Heisman Trophy banquet, went to a New York Jets game and toured the Jets’ facilities. They stayed at the Salisbury Hotel.

Ray Drew especially enjoyed spending some time with Cam Newton and his Heisman Trophy. (Photo reprinted with permission/By Kelly Kline Photography)

Ray Drew especially enjoyed spending some time with Cam Newton and his Heisman Trophy. (Photo reprinted with permission/By Kelly Kline Photography)

“It was very cool,” Drew said. “I told them, this is a little too much for a country boy to take. You need to build up to something like this.”

The three-day trip to New York was a whirlwind end to five straight days out of Thomasville for Drew. He spent two days in Athens on an official visit to the University of Georgia before flying out of Atlanta on Sunday.

“It went well. I really enjoyed myself up there,” Drew said. “I finally got a chance to meet some of the recruits I’d been talking to and texting on the phone but hadn’t met in person.”

Drew said he left Athens with a good feeling about the Bulldogs.

“They’re still under strong consideration,” said Drew, who is also considering Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Tennessee among his finalists. “If I had to pick one thing about Georgia, it’s not the stadium or the facilities or the school and that stuff, which is all great. It’s the people. Everybody there is so nice and so close and gets along so well. It’s the feeling you get when you’re around them.”

Drew said he also had a chance to bond with head coach Mark Richt. They went fishing together at a small pond on Saturday.

“All we caught was a cold,” he said with a laugh. “It was freezing.”

In the meantime, Drew’s recruitment continues. He said new Florida coach Will Muschamp called him while he was in New York. But he was on a set at NBC and “had to cut him short.” Drew largely dismissed the Gators after Urban Meyer resigned as head coach last week.

Auburn coaches were in to see him Wednesday. Somebody else will surely be in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well.

Drew has now taken official visits to Auburn, LSU and Georgia, so he has two left. Clemson, Florida and Tennessee are among the many schools fighting over those two spots. He said he may take them or may not. He’ll play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 8 in San Antonio.

“I haven’t really been able to think about it lately,” Drew said of recruiting. “I’m exhausted right now.”

Being a man of the world has its costs, after all.

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

105 comments Add your comment

LAX Dawg

December 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

First? Yesssssssssssss……….

memphisdawg

December 15th, 2010
6:31 pm

Drew is about as close to a “must get” for UGA as any player could. What i like most about him is his character and faith. A great inspirational young man. Hope to see him in Red & Black next year.

Congrats Ray

December 15th, 2010
6:37 pm

Congrats on all of your success Ray, best of luck to you wherever you decide to go. Oh and one other thing . . .

Hey St. Simons:

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(((42-34)))
(((9 of 10)))
(((Wide Left)))
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Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
6:39 pm

(((((42-34)))))

memphisdawg, as much as the Nerds want to make fun of Richt for being a man of character and faith, that will only help land this “must get” recruit.

GO DAWGS!!!!

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
6:40 pm

Congrats Ray,

You forgot one……

(((((SHREVEPORT)))))

They deserve every bit of it…..

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
6:45 pm

Chip,

How many of the Georgia Boys in the Under Armour game on Jan 5th do you expect to use the National limelight to make decisons??

Rick

December 15th, 2010
6:47 pm

He’s going to Auburn. High school coaches tell me that UGA does not recruit as hard as the other schools. Mark Richt does not demand as much from his coaching staff as other coaches do.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
6:49 pm

Ray Drew will be a dawg LeMay has been major part in Drew’s recruitment and he wants to be a part of the 3-4 we have done a much better job with Drew than Tank i for one much rather have Drew than Tank go dawgs .

KimZ'spackage

December 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

Isn’t it EXAM time in High School? My nieces are taking exams this week. How is Drew doing all this traveling at the end of the quarter or semester?
Good for the young man and all, but where is the school work time?

German Shepherd Dawg

December 15th, 2010
6:52 pm

Rick,

So, you talk to multiple HS coaches all the time? Are you a reporter? If so, why are you blogging on a Dawgs site?

I love you know-nothing know-it-alls.

Sanford Drive, you’re as pathetic as St. Simons. You’re emulating a loser. Congrats Ray, why are you also following suit? That is simply juvenile behavior.

KimZ'spackage

December 15th, 2010
6:55 pm

Sanford drive how STUPID are you? The jame is on Jan 8th. can’t you READ?

Chip Towers

December 15th, 2010
7:00 pm

KimZ’spackage: Different games. U.S. Army on Jan. 8 in San Antonio; Under Armour on Jan. 5 in St. Petersburg.

AltamahaDawg

December 15th, 2010
7:01 pm

Should be a jreat jame.

VA DAWG

December 15th, 2010
7:01 pm

Congrats Ray! Hope success follows you no matter where you choose, but I hope to see you don the silver britches! GO DAWGS!

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
7:01 pm

@Rich UGA coaching staff has recruited Drew hard and also like i said LeMay and Drew are best Friends and Richt and Drew have developed a bond dawgs are real good shape with Ray Drew go dawgs .

Chip Towers

December 15th, 2010
7:02 pm

Sanford Drive: At first it seemed like a lot were but now more and more are saying they’re going to take all of their visits. So we’ll see. I’ll be covering the Under Armour, which has 10 Georgians participating.

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
7:07 pm

Hay Chip i hear that Kent Turene may give UGA a look he must be having second thoughts about his commitment to the USC Trojans .

trueUGAfan

December 15th, 2010
7:08 pm

kimz, u stoopid, and i meant it that way…all you have to say is ‘wheres the school work”. check the dates and tell me how much school do think he really missed out of a SEMESTER over the wknd trip…also check the kid GPA and test scores, since you wanna get so TECHnical…is it b/c TECH is not mentioned in none of the schools listed….

Chris

December 15th, 2010
7:11 pm

Chip, Doesn’t it seem like more GA boys are waiting this year? Typically UGA has it’s class locked up and is waiting on only a few recruits on Signing Day. This year seems like we have ten or more kids we want and it’s getting late.

dawgerbrown

December 15th, 2010
7:12 pm

It would be great to have Ray become a DAWG. His commitment to UGA could start a real domino effect that could put this year’s UGA class in the top 5.

Sanford Drive

December 15th, 2010
7:19 pm

KimZ,

Nice try, sweetie. I was not talking about the Army “jame”.

I am indeed talking about the UNDER ARMOUR ALL AMERICAN GAME on Jan 5th (fifth)

Chip Towers

December 15th, 2010
7:22 pm

RRTDawgs: I read that, too. I don’t know that Turene is having second thoughts as much as Georgia is trying to give them to him.

Rick

December 15th, 2010
7:24 pm

I’m a UGA fan, but I’m telling you UGA coaches do not get out in the High schools
like other schools do.

SGA Dawg

December 15th, 2010
7:53 pm

UGA seems to be good at the start of recruiting but suck at finishing the drill. Come on guys recruit like your jobs depend on it because it just might.

Chip Towers

December 15th, 2010
7:55 pm

Chris: Yes it is a little late. But GA waiting on a lot of big dogs this year.

twest

December 15th, 2010
7:56 pm

Chip once again you have proven yourself to be great!!! thanks!! Markus Bradley cannot hold your keyboard my friend

King Gator

December 15th, 2010
8:00 pm

I hope he’s leaning a little harder than James Wilder Jr was towards Georgia….just saying.. Go Gators!

SGA Dawg

December 15th, 2010
8:00 pm

Chip, It appears that Drew and Dee Hart are getting pretty close. Is there any chance on UGA convincing him to be a Dawg?Thanks and love your posts.

SGA Dawg

December 15th, 2010
8:02 pm

Anyone have any ideas of what Jimbo is offering these recruits at FSU. Looks like 180k is the price to be a war eagle. How much is a Nole?

RRTDawgs

December 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

@King Gator its going to come down UGA , Auburn and LSU i think Drew will stay home go dawgs .

King Gator

December 15th, 2010
8:06 pm

He should pick UGA he could play right away.. but this guy’s going to string them all along until the end. Dee Hart will be @ Mich unless they fire Rich Rod.

shannon In Winder

December 15th, 2010
8:11 pm

RTR and the others: there is this thing called a ‘period’ that goes at the end of a sentence. See? Like this……….It makes it so much more enjoyable for the reader. By the way, Crowell will be a dawg. Have a friend who is one of the big doners and the kid’s coach and he were at an event together. he is coming here.

ROADDAWG80

December 15th, 2010
8:16 pm

Chip

How many players is UGA trying to sign this year. You know it seems with all these kids we are waiting on UGA may get burned. To my count we have 17 commitments and our waiting on 11. If we only sign 50% that is a whole to fill. Not so sure we can fill that many. What’s your thoughts.

BE3

December 15th, 2010
8:18 pm

“If I had to pick one thing about Georgia, it’s not the stadium or the facilities or the school and that stuff, which is all great. It’s the people. Everybody there is so nice and so close and gets along so well. It’s the feeling you get when you’re around them.”

When everything else is essentially a wash (facilities, history, coaches, etc.) one usually goes with where they feel “at home”. Not saying he hasn’t felt the same feeling other places but it’s good to know he had a good feeling being around the program. This is the type of student athlete we need a Georgia. A heckuva player on the field but a kid with morals and isn’t overly impressed with material things.

Muschamp is a loser

December 15th, 2010
8:27 pm

Drew, Crowell, Swann, and Rome are all DAWGS!! Trust me.

MikeP

December 15th, 2010
8:33 pm

I’m sure that UGA’s ranking as the nation’s #1 party school appeals to a young man like Ray Drew. Or, on second thought, NOT!

Ric Flair

December 15th, 2010
8:38 pm

Dream Team Baby!!!!!!!!!!! What a joke.

johnny too good

December 15th, 2010
8:52 pm

He and mark richt went fishing together? sounds like uga is in the lead

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson

MikeP

December 15th, 2010
8:58 pm

Yeah, that was a real brainstorm on Richt’s part, fishing in freezing weather. I’m sure that convinced Drew that Richt is a real genius of a coach.

dawgfan

December 15th, 2010
9:03 pm

It sounds like this young man is having way too much fun. I’m sure the NCAA will be investigating.

Mountain Dawg

December 15th, 2010
9:10 pm

Worm

December 15th, 2010
9:14 pm

Uriah LeMay is a promising soph..Their little brother just rushed for 180 yards in the 7th grade title game…Butler pipeline will be good to the dawgs!

Pollack 4 Heisman

December 15th, 2010
9:42 pm

Ray Drew loves fishing and that’s why CMR carried him out on Lake Oconee. That is the sign of a great head coach and recruiter. The Dream Team will definitely GATA!!

Mack Daddy

December 15th, 2010
9:46 pm

He’s a South Georgian whom about 85 % are UGA Dawgs fans ! Come home to UGA Mr. Drew, your home state team needs you !

Sandman053

December 15th, 2010
9:55 pm

Yes they do need Mr. Drew…had I known I would have shown CMR where to take him ahead of time to catch something.

Supes

December 15th, 2010
9:58 pm

Looks like this recruiting class can make or break UGA for the next few years…CMR needs to step up and close the deal with these “must have can’t miss players”, esp. on the defensive side of the ball.

RichmondDawg

December 15th, 2010
10:00 pm

Ray Drew sounds like a great kid. Hope he’s a dawg next year.

naganole

December 15th, 2010
10:46 pm

Ray Drew to UGA is an even worse kept secret than John Theus to UGA. naganole is :( nagadawg will make his appearance for 2 weeks after NSD X( lol…

ESPN....

December 15th, 2010
11:13 pm

RAY DREW will be a Gator book it!!!!!!!

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