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

Atlantan

December 16th, 2010
4:56 am

I would love to hear how Muschamp recruits against Uga…

bitter "vince dooly"

December 16th, 2010
5:20 am

hersal waited until signing day to chose georgia over clemson and usc, just saying yaaaw, just relax and see what happens on national signing dayin feb, great read by the way CHIP, look UGA is a typical SEC school that has a team loaded with talent. its coaching and motavating these players to the next level. I love the current team and coaching staff, the key to winning in the SEC is good ole fashion hard work and desire to learn and the desire to be a champion, you cannot teach a kid to win, they have to come together as a team and that includes this coaching staff.

Next year is shaping up for both TECH and UGA to be the most exciting year for each school, both loaded with talent, both with great head coach’s,

PS my off seson predictions for the SEC east= 1.UGA 2. TENN

SEC west= 1.LSU 2. ALA

SEC CHAMPS= UGA vs LSU, UGA wins 17-16

ACC coastal= GA. TECH
ACC atlantic= NORTH CAROLINA
ACC CHAMPS= GA TECH wins 32-21

naganole

December 16th, 2010
6:08 am

@bitter “vince dooly” Hard for UNC to win the ACC Atlantic when they are in the Coastal…lol

Coach MustbeaChump

December 16th, 2010
6:32 am

Life is like a box of chocolates…sometimes a team picks the wrong coach! Ray Gump is my hero!

Aggie54

December 16th, 2010
7:09 am

Drew & Hart, Have Already Given Silent Committments To Auburn.

Mooty Squarefinger

December 16th, 2010
7:34 am

I’m still steaming over losing Carradine yesterday. We need some JUCO help this year. Having said that we don’t need any more Jakar Hamilton’s… he’s turned out to be a JUCO bust.

jumbeauxtiger

December 16th, 2010
7:53 am

LSU believes it has a real good shot getting Drew. He’s an awesome talent.

rincon dog

December 16th, 2010
7:58 am

good luck at auburn young drew.

BirdDog

December 16th, 2010
8:07 am

His comments “They’re still under strong consideration” sounds to me like UGA isn’t in the lead.

JB

December 16th, 2010
8:11 am

This happened last year…we only signed 18 and one didn’t qualify and one got kicked off the team early and we ended up with 16 players. Way to few. We only have like 15 or 16 THIS year so far and need a class of 28 with all who are leaving. We’re WAITING on some big names to fall our way, but if they don’t, this class will fill out with 2& 3 star second choices. Hello Tech type talent. Come on Mark , Get these guys locked up.

Thomasville Native

December 16th, 2010
8:14 am

While I enjoy Ray’s homespun charm and couldn’t be prouder of him, I just want clear up one little point: we have more than just the one caution light. We have a few of those newfangled three color lights and even some traffic cameras.

JB

December 16th, 2010
8:15 am

Reports are swirling that This staff is on a short leash and not working hard. I hope that is not true. The schedule is shaping up for maybe 8 wins next year and we could climb out of this hole with 5 or 6 special players. I know this staff is up against other staffs telling these kids that the Richt era in Athens is almost over. Come to Athens guys and prove them wrong.

JB

December 16th, 2010
8:16 am

Any good BBQ in Thomasville ?

SEC fan

December 16th, 2010
8:32 am

@JB –

“Come on Mark , Get these guys locked up.”!!!

He’s got to get them to enroll before they get locked up. C’mon Man!!

Roaddawg80

December 16th, 2010
8:36 am

JB

That was my thoughts exactly. We have to many on the fence. The past two years we have had small classes. If we don’t lock up at least 75% on the list we are in trouble. Makes me think of Tennessee all over again. Everyone keeps saying we are ok but I am afraid we are not if we don’t close good.

dawgster

December 16th, 2010
8:40 am

@JB…do you really believe that this coaching staff is not working their tales off to try and pull these guys in..There were seven(7) coaches on hand for the Carver-Calhoun game and then there were some back at the school on the following Monday…i’m not sure where you get your info at but i would find other reliable and more accurate sources…You can say whatever you like about your reservations about this staff, but to say they are not working hard is just laughable…We will have a very good class, no we want get everyone, but it will be a good one and i think you will be pleased…Try to have some positive thoughts toward our team, players and our coaches…Do you really think all the negative comments help in our recruiting efforts at all..go dawgs…

dawgster

December 16th, 2010
8:45 am

Guys…it would be great to lock up these guys, but many of these kids are at the top of the recruiting class and everyone wants them and they are enjoying the process of taking visits…I agree we need to lock them up as soon as possible, but keep in mind nothing is locked up until NSD and that pretty much is the same boat all the teams are in…If you look at the recruiting services rankings for what they are worth, then you would see that we compare very favorably in the amount of recruits that have committed so far…I think very soon you are going to see more committments and that will open up the whole process..Alot of the recruits are waiting to see where others go and that will start the process…go dawgs and just hang in there dawg fans, we will do very well in this recruiting class in the end…

Columbus Dawg

December 16th, 2010
8:54 am

Hey y’all down in Thomasville, I hear you saying how great this kid’s character is and all, but someone needs to tell him about Auburn’s sleazey history of Southeastern Conference leading probation terms, and show him where to look up Auburn’s crappy, cheating history through several different coach’s tenures, if he has indeed given Auburn a silent commit. Richt will not make it through another year of losing the very players he has to have to fill major voids from the state of Georgia to the likes of Auburn, period. I know that coming out every year and talking about how important it is to lock up the in state talent, while the Alabama schools are signing most of them will shorten Richt’s tenure quickly. The big money Dawgs expect to see a big turn around in this program very quickly. I know it is hard to recruit against the very two schools that have won or are playing for the MNC, but the way they are looking at, he never should have allowed all of the best talent in Georgia to go to these schools and help them get there in the first place. If the staff is on a short leash, would that not motivate them to work harder to overcome the obstacles and really make a career saving type of push to sign these players? I know that a lot of sleazebag Auburn idiots spent all of 2009 trying to make everyone believe that Saban cheated to get players at Alabama, all the while doing the exact same things that them slapped back in the early nineties. I almost have to look at it now that any top recruit that commits to Auburn has been shown the money. I don’t care what all these idiot Auburn people say, if someone has a proven criminal record as long as their arm, then that is their legacy, period. Hopefully these young men of the state of Georgia are of great character, and won’t become part of the Auburn corruption.

Matthews Dawg

December 16th, 2010
9:03 am

dawgster…great comments! JB…come on, the coaches aren’t working hard enough! Are you kidding me that you would believe that! If that were true then the AD would be all over that. We all should believe NOTHING we hear and half of what we read! All of this will shake out by NSD! We will have a great class and we will have the kids that want to be Dawgs! If they don’t want on our bus, then that is fine and don’t come to Athens. We are pointed in the right direction.

SEC Fan @8:32… that was a good one! Go Dawgs!!

bigtime

December 16th, 2010
9:13 am

CHIP TOWERS…. Would love to hear Coach Saban’s visit with Xzavier Dickson went yesterday.

The Dawgs will do just fine in recruiting as they always have. Some of you Dawg “fans” are over-reacting. UGA leads for 90% of the targets( as of right now) left for them to take and are a close second for the remaining 10%. Recruiting has never been a problem even lately when coaching has been, in my opinion.

ROLL TIDE

Bobby Lowder

December 16th, 2010
9:20 am

I resent all this talk about Auburn somehow being the only program that has had recruiting violations. Every major program has had recruiting violations. I love Auburn and I only want to put the best product on the field. Just because I happen to have deeper pockets than the rest of you to make than happen, why should Auburn be punished.

Columbus Dawg

December 16th, 2010
9:23 am

Hey Chip, what gives with the Jenkins situation from Mississippi? He may be the most important recruit in the most important class Mark Richt has ever signed. Something also must be done about the secondary. The new position coach there will have to get much, much better safety play for the D to improve overall. Constantly leaving the outfield wide open will no longer be acceptable.

JB

December 16th, 2010
9:28 am

I , repeat I didn’t say they are not working hard, I ‘m basing that on a Fellow Bulldog club member with close ties. I hope they are working 24/7. I feel if they close strong, we might play some of these guys next year and win 8-9 games and rebuild. Mark is smart. He knows he’s being watched. Go Dawgs.

Roaddawg80

December 16th, 2010
9:51 am

Kentucky offered the Snoddy kid yesterday. I think GT could be in trouble with this kid.

bigtime

December 16th, 2010
9:51 am

Would love to hear *how* Coach Saban’s visit with Xzavier Dickson went yesterday.

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Coach took him fishing. Isn’t that sweet? Freaking Fishing!!!!!!!! WTF!!

ga gator

December 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Roaddawg80, I saw Snoddy play against Stephens County in the playoffs. He is one of the best High School running backs I have seen in 58 years.

VININGSDAWG

December 16th, 2010
9:57 am

More idiots like Columbus Dawg complain that Auburn cheats. Losers always complain that winners cheat. Stop, ther is no proof that Auburn has done anything. Losers like Columbus Dawg make us look like whiney losers.

As far as Drew goes, UGA has a lot of ground to make up. Sorry to disappoint you Columbus, but Drew loves Auburn. I know Ray’s family. I have a farm in Thomasville. They are a great family, and really love the “family” thing at Auburn. I would say currently we are third. Drew and Cam Newton have become very close. We can say what we want about LeMay but Newton is closer to him.

And Mark has got to do something better than taking somebody fishing when it less than freezing outside. You come out of that looking silly.

Really?

December 16th, 2010
9:57 am

bigtime – just to shut you up I will give you the same PC answer that every recruit gives after a visit. Here is what Dickson said…”It went well Coach Saban is a great guy and I really like Alabama. I am considering them for sure.” Happy now?

Sorry

December 16th, 2010
9:59 am

Marky Mark – That is what the kid said he wanted to do. Nice try moron!

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
10:02 am

Sorry, you and your suntanned coach are the morons. Dream Team? What a monniker, it is almost as good as the Grambling uniforms in Jax in 09.

bigtime

December 16th, 2010
10:04 am

Really?….I was hoping for a response from someone who actually knew what they were talking but thanks for yours anyways jerk.

UGA Insider

December 16th, 2010
10:11 am

I’m afraid to say but I have heard much of the same of what VININGSDAWG posted on 9:57……I think UGA has a chance but please Dawg fans don’t get your hopes up

Has anyone dared to look at the UGA depth chart on defense next spring? It’s not good folkds…… I can’t believe how depleted we really are with the departures of Houston, Tripp, Wood etc. All Todd Grantham should have to do is show a blue chip prospect a copy of that depth chart and that should be it. I’m really concerned about our Dline and our LB’s..

Big Cat

December 16th, 2010
10:12 am

Drew will not be a Gator. Book that! It will be between Auburn and UGA with LSU as a wildcard, in my opinion

1eyedJack

December 16th, 2010
10:14 am

bitter “vince dooly”, actually Herschel waited until Easter to sign.

JB, which side are you on?

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
10:16 am

1eyedJack he waited till Easter because Clemsons check bounced.

Big Cat

December 16th, 2010
10:17 am

Hey Bammer idiot mocking B. Lowder, you do realize that Lowder’s company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and was taken over by the FDIC in May 2009 before they sold it off to BB&T?

Lowder’s pockets aren’t too deep these days. Nice try though.

Sorry

December 16th, 2010
10:17 am

Marky Mark – Go Tech

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
10:19 am

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
10:20 am

I hope Richt stays forever.

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
10:22 am

Did Richt show drew how to cast the worm?

1eyedJack

December 16th, 2010
10:22 am

Marky Mark, actually he was trying to decide between the black Trans Am and the red Trans Am. ;)

1eyedJack

December 16th, 2010
10:24 am

I think the top GT recruit that year got a gold and white AMC Pacer. ;)

Marky Mark

December 16th, 2010
10:26 am

1eyed, actually they got the new TI99 computer.

Kirby Smart, UGA turned me down, on my way to Gators!

December 16th, 2010
10:39 am

We’re givin Drew all our old red and black crap, (heck, I’ll throw in all my red and white Bama crap after the bowl season and sign my new DC contract with the Gators) so come on down and cross the state line Drew, they can come drag their puppy dawg tails home from Jacksonville once a year to see you play for a winner. Me and Coach Muschamp done learned the hard way, if you can’t beat the Gators, join em!

jbeggs

December 16th, 2010
10:42 am

Hey German Shepherd Dawg, who died and left you all-knowing in everything? Go back to sipping your red wine and leave the football blogs to beer-drinkers…beotch!

AlpharettaDawg

December 16th, 2010
10:45 am

Ray Drew is all dawg…book it.

JLDAWG

December 16th, 2010
10:52 am

So many “insiders”……never know who to believe. Alpharetta are you just stirring the pot?

John

December 16th, 2010
5:02 pm

Folks, he is going to Auburn. And the Heisman Dinner probably sealed it!

chillywilly

December 16th, 2010
7:10 pm

If these two young men are really serious about their education and future, they would sign with Morehouse, FAMU, Howard, or SC State. These schools will treat them like a student FIRST. I hope that they don’t believe the hype and pipe dreams that these athletic mills are selling them. Heaven forbids if they sustain a career ending injury. These so-called D1 schools will throw them in the garbage like a piece of rotten meat.