That Ray Drew sure sets some high expectations upon himself.
The 5-star defensive end who has signed a football scholarship with UGA won a state championship in the discus at Thursday’s GHSA track and field meet. But he called it a “fail.”
We’ll let the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder from Thomas County Central explain:
“By my standards, it would be a fail. It’s bittersweet. Even though I did get first place, which I’m satisfied with, I didn’t reach my goal, which was to break the state of Georgia record or at least come close to it.”
There was quite a buzz at the state meet on Thursday when it was time for the Class AAAA discuss competition. It’s an event that usually draws little fanfare.
Drew and his pursuit of the state record was clearly the center of attention on Thursday. Track athletes in other events stopped to watch, as did a fleet of college track coaches, as did several fellow UGA recruits (Watts Dantzler, Justin Scott-Wesley, etc.), as did many other 2012 football prospects (there for track) from the state of Georgia who had followed Drew’s recruiting story.
The big guy put on a show in warmups, tossing between 190 and 200 feet.
The state record of 204-2 seemed reachable.
But Drew never came close to it.
There was a reason. But you couldn’t tell by the focused look on Drew’s face during the competition. He talked about it afterwards: On Drew’s first official throw, he injured the arch of his left foot during his windup. “It kind of popped in the middle of my spin and has been hurting ever since.” (Not good news for UGA football fans but Drew didn’t believe the injury to be serious)
He still easily won the state title with a throw of 183-7.
“I didn’t quite meet my standards, so I’m kind of disappointed in myself a little bit … but I’m grateful; God is good,” Drew said.
The normally high-energy Drew seemed a little stoic after falling short of his record-breaking bid. Maybe he listened to one of his all-time favorite country singers later on to cheer up.
UPDATE: Two Georgia Tech football recruits also won state championships on Thursday: Hillgrove’s Jabari Hunt-Days in the Class AAAAA shot put and Charlton County’s Chris Milton in the Class A long jump.
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