Georgia 5-star football recruit Ray Drew says he plans to play two sports in college.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end told the AJC that he requested and was granted permission to join UGA’s track team. This spring, Drew has rapidly developed into one of the nation’s top discus throwers while at Thomas County Central High School.
“I’m not going to give up on football,” Drew said with a laugh, “but I’m going to do both at Georgia.”
Drew said he talked with Georgia’s football coaches and they signed off on the idea. “They think if I have an opportunity to go far with it, then they are all for it.”
Drew finished fourth in the discus in last year’s state meet at 171-10. This season, Drew worked hard on his technique and the results have been startling. At the Florida Relays, Drew threw 192-3, which is one of the best performances ever by a Georgia high school athlete. Last week at another meet in Tallahassee, Drew increased to 195-11 3/4. He has thrown around 200 in practice.
“I’ve been throwing since my sophomore year,” Drew explained. “I improved a good bit my junior year, and ended up throwing around 150 and got to 170 by the end of the season. That was without the spin. This year, I’ve worked on the spin and gotten more comfortable with it. I’ve taken it from 170 to the 190s.”
As usual, Drew has placed high expectations on himself. He’s not only chasing after the state championship in the discus in next month’s state meet but also the state record.
Ironically, the record is held by another defensive lineman who signed a football scholarship with Georgia — Winder-Barrow High School’s Hiawatha Berry threw 204-2 in 1985.
Now back to football: Drew said he will attend Saturday’s G-Day with several other members of UGA’s 2011 “Dream Team” recruiting class. He said Wilcox County’s defensive back Nick Marshall, Dalton offensive lineman Watts Dantzler, East Hall linebacker Sterling Bailey and Griffin defensive back Corey Moore are just a few who plan to hang out together at the scrimmage.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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