By now, most “recruitniks” have heard about the banter between five-star prospects Ray Drew and Christian LeMay on Facebook. If not, I’ll offer a quick review.
At 10:15 Monday night, Drew posted the following message on his Facebook status: “Love ya Lemay, but I’m like a bull. I hate red and when I see you on the opposing sideline, I’m comin to get ya.”
LeMay, a quarterback from Matthews, N.C., and midyear enrollee at UGA, responded: “hahahah wow bro bro hurtful words :/ go dawgs :>”
Here you should know Drew and LeMay have become close friends during the recruiting process. They talk often and have actually spent time in each others’ homes.
So Drew on Facebook again: “I tried to get you to come with me but noooooo. You just had to go from butler dog to uga dog. It’s all good though, when I see that red and black, my motor will be revved up, and I’m gonna plant my face mask in your numbers. Pick you up, dust you off, say God bless you, but don’t take it personal because I will be back. Haha.”
LeMay retorted: “hahahahaha wo dude ima get in da weight room really hard now man dang bro thats rough :/ u c dis uga fans this how he guna do us :/ hahahah and i will b all da way turned up to get atcha to bro :> GO DAWGS”
Ah, the wonders of social media!
Of course, there were comments aplenty from others amid this exchange, which simultaneously set ablaze fan forums and team chatrooms everywhere on the World Wide Web.
Georgia fans were left to think their school had been eliminated. Auburn fans read it as the AJC Super 11 defensive end from Thomasville is coming their way. But so did the LSU and Tennessee faithful, who also remain in the hunt.
I gave Drew a call to see what it all meant.
“I read your Facebook message to LeMay. Should I remove Georgia from your lists of finalists,” I asked?
“I don’t know if you should or not,” he said, laughing.
“Based on your remarks, it sounds like you’ve eliminated the Dogs,” I asserted.
“It doesn’t mean that,” Drew said.
“What does it mean,” I asked?
“I don’t know,” he said, still chuckling. “It’s hard to explain.”
It’s important to note that Drew was laughing to varying degrees throughout this exchange. And he recounted to me how he recently read a recruiting update on the nation’s top targets which, to his delight, said of him: “The hardest recruit to get a read on.” So you get the idea what you’re dealing with here.
Drew went on to tell me that he’s still “looking into a lot of stuff” and is not ready to make a final decision. It still may not come until National Signing (Feb. 2) or possibly thereafter. Or before, he said.
Drew did offer that his final five remains Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, “for right now.”
He’s already made official visits to Auburn, Georgia and LSU and has one scheduled for Clemson on Jan. 22. Scheduling conflicts may prevent him ever making an official visit to UT “unless I can move some things around.” Florida’s not dead in the water out of it (I’m going to leave it at that). He leaves for San Antonio and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (Jan. 8, NBC) on Sunday.
So, as you can see, Drew remains a tough cat to read. Did I say “cat?” Uh-oh.
College Recruiting By Chip Towers