UGA 5-star recruit Ray Drew wins state championship, but says it’s a ‘fail’ (UPDATED)

Ray Drew holds the medal for winning a state championship in the discus. He will compete in both football and track at the University of Georgia (Photo by Michael Carvell/AJC)

Ray Drew holds his medal for winning a state championship in the discus. He plans to compete in both football and track at the University of Georgia next year (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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.”

Huh?

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.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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126 comments Add your comment

Relax

May 6th, 2011
2:04 am

Relax

May 6th, 2011
2:05 am

Relax

May 6th, 2011
2:07 am

I just realized how lame it is to do that..and twice nonetheless!

Michael Carvell

May 6th, 2011
2:20 am

@Relax, congrats. Thanks for posting.

GTBob

May 6th, 2011
2:26 am

He’s a bit of a brat. Whining about only getting first, and playing the injury card? Good grief. Take your win, appreciate it, and be thankful for the talent that you have.

Tech Nerd

May 6th, 2011
2:35 am

I go to Georgia Tech. I almost got my first date a few years ago, but I sprained my pinkie on my calculator while trying to figure out how much it would cost for a dinner of two Happy Meals at McDonald’s …. and never asked her out. I can relate Mr. Drew.

tater tot

May 6th, 2011
2:36 am

Congrats to Ray. He can still break the record on down the road. GO DAWGS !!

UgaRob

May 6th, 2011
2:37 am

GTBob, when you can get blue chip recruits at your little school. maybe then you won’t hate on real schools athletes. But then again, who would want to wear that God-awful Gold helmet anyways? Go Dawgs, beat the nerds.

GT Bob you are a loser

May 6th, 2011
3:40 am

and a jealous twerp..Tech just wishes a “brat” like Drew wold give them a second glance. But of course they wont because Tech is a dump and their fans are wimps, twerps, nerds and spankers. Who wants to be associated with such a sad sack bunch of losers? answer; nobody

North Avenue Mugger

May 6th, 2011
3:56 am

Im just glad Drew didnt go to Tech..He would be a hrad guy to mug . Most of those nerds are easily subdued. That is why either me or my buddies are mugging a Tech student weekly..gotta go now..time to go pistol whip another loser.

@GTBob

May 6th, 2011
3:58 am

Were you wearing your little gold wig when you posted that super intelligent blog earlier?

p.s. Mom’s calling..breakfast is ready.

PALM TREE

May 6th, 2011
5:11 am

So far R-Drew seems like a class act that would be welcomed by any university! The only negative that should be drawn from this blog is the 1st Place Medal won at a state championship ( close to pathetic ). Take a look at the picture that is included in this blog.

JDawg1785

May 6th, 2011
5:27 am

It’s OK, Ray. Focus on breaking all the records at UGA that you can! Go Dawgs!

Football_365

May 6th, 2011
5:52 am

Go to any tech blog and gtbob is one of the first people to cry about uga fans commenting on tech news yet he is up @2:26a posting about ray drew. Whats up gtbob you couldnt sleep so you wanted to see what a 5* athlete looks like? Or were you taking a break from sweeping floors at walmart? Gotta love that janitorial engineering degree from tech!

Football_365

May 6th, 2011
5:54 am

Steve

May 6th, 2011
6:24 am

From now on, every time a Tech fan chimes in on one of our UGA blogs, I’m just gonna quote the AJC article that came out today (12/22/10): “A Georgia Tech student escaped serious injury Monday night when he was pistol-whipped and robbed in his dorm room. He was the fourth Tech student to be robbed on or near the northwest Atlanta campus in just over a month”.

Steve

May 6th, 2011
6:27 am

From now on, every time a Tech fan chimes in on one of our UGA blogs, I’m just gonna quote the AJC article that came out 12/22/10: “A Georgia Tech student escaped serious injury Monday night when he was pistol-whipped and robbed in his dorm room. He was the fourth Tech student to be robbed on or near the northwest Atlanta campus in just over a month”.

tater tot

May 6th, 2011
6:37 am

I noticed some other UGA signees won the 5-A State Championship in Snellville on the 4th From Lowndes High in Valdosta,Georgia but no write up about them in the High School section that i could see. Both twin brothers are going to UGA of course to play for the Dawg’s and bring a title to them. Not take anything away from this spectacular young man but just to note there are good athlete’s in all types of sports in the great state of Georgia and we all should be proud of the kids as a whole.

http://valdostadailytimes.com/top-sports/x1071585244/Lowndes-Vikings-win-state-golf-championship

dear steve

May 6th, 2011
6:37 am

what does armed robbery have to do with the GT athletics program? It’s as though you are celebrating this heinous problem…. get a life. Bust on the athletes, the records, the coaches all you want, but to revisit these crimes as if they were deserved is pathetic.

Score Check

May 6th, 2011
6:50 am

Hey, dear steve. The point Steve made and I agree with is that gt is located in a very unsafe city. The general student body, student athletes and recruits need to be aware how unsafe it is in the City of Atlanta.

I suggest students travel in large groups, bolt their doors day & night and pack “heat” for protection.

suwaneedawg

May 6th, 2011
7:28 am

This young man is going to be a true leader with the Dawgs. Sets his expectations high and is disappointed to not meet them even in victory. Can’t wait until he is on the field. Now please stop doing anything non-football until summer workouts!

GO DAWGS!

chazzo

May 6th, 2011
7:33 am

Wow. A young man striving for his personal best, who is not just satisfied with fulfilling the immediate requirement… Sounds like the kind of player I’d want on my team. It is exceedingly rare to find students who set goals beyond the expectations of others. Good for Drew. Congratualtions! I think this kid is going to be a great Dawg!

Bill

May 6th, 2011
7:46 am

“Class AAAA discuss competition.” Is that like debate??

Beast from the East

May 6th, 2011
7:52 am

Gotta watch this video. I almost busted a gut laughing.
http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/

Country Rap

May 6th, 2011
7:55 am

Every time a GT nerd chimes in a kitten dies. :(
Every time a GT nerd thinks about UGA an angel loses it’s wings. :(

BG

May 6th, 2011
8:13 am

Congrats Ray! GO DAWGS!!!!

WinderDawg

May 6th, 2011
8:32 am

Hiawatha Berry was great in the discus. 200+ was something to watch…it went over the shrubs in Jefferson…

dawgster

May 6th, 2011
8:33 am

Wow…What a class act by “GTBob regarding an young man who is striving to be the best he can..I’m sure he knows he’s is blessed and I’m sure he is quite proud, but hard to believe that you “GTBob would comment negative towards a young man that feels lke he can do much better…Wouldn’t it be nice if the leaders of our Country or heck all of us would strive to be better and not just accept the minimum by getting by..I don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with Mr. Drew wanting to be the best he can….go dawgs

dawgster

May 6th, 2011
8:39 am

It seems Geno Smith now has a new leader after visiting Au..This one should be interesting to watch as he takes his official visits…A long ways to go before signing day…Point is, anyone getting excited about being named his leader…well wait a little while and that will change just as it will with many of these guys…As I have said, way too early to get excited one way or the other until these guys actually sign..not commit, but sign…good luck to Mr. Smith and others that have the opportunity to play College Football…go dawgs

Football_365

May 6th, 2011
8:47 am

im working in thomasville right now and everybody I talked to said drew is the real deal hopefully its not just hometown love cant wait to see him in action!

zulucanibal

May 6th, 2011
9:16 am

Glad Drew is a dawg!!!! Hope he has a list of UGA records his is after.

Pull My Finger

May 6th, 2011
9:21 am

GTBob, don’t you have a tickle pile to participate in at the ugliest campus in the Northern Hemisphere?……………….pppphhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhtttttt!

@Beast from the East

May 6th, 2011
9:22 am

Thanks for the video! That was hilarious

bwkdawg

May 6th, 2011
9:26 am

Jonathan Taylor and James Deloach name UGA and GT as their top two.

Reality Bites

May 6th, 2011
9:33 am

Ray issa good kid from a good school down there. Why he is going to GA is beyond me. maybe he IS interested in “Poultry Science” LOL.

GeoffDawg

May 6th, 2011
9:33 am

Love the attitude. And GTBob is a tool.

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
9:44 am

Dawgs Rule

May 6th, 2011
9:47 am

We will never lose with R Drew! Do you all realize just how much the discus throw relates to football?!? And we got a guy who used the “injury” excuse for why he couldn’t come close to the state record. But he’s still part of the “Dream Team” fellow Dawgs so we’re in good hands…goooooooooooooo dawgs, sic’em!

GTBob

May 6th, 2011
9:48 am

Hmm. I thought that was a tame post. Face it, when a kid wins and then complains because he wanted to win by more, he is being a brat. It’s the same as a 5 year old who has a great birthday party and then complains that his mom didn’t hire the best clown in town. Maybe Ray is normally a great kid but what else can you call a kid who acts that self entitled?

LL KoolL

May 6th, 2011
9:59 am

This is my concern. Kid gets injured, football season over. He’s probably red shirted this seaosn anyways, but still, not worth the risk.

Patrick

May 6th, 2011
10:23 am

GTBob, you’re a tool. Sports like track & field and swimming are as much about pushing your own personal limits as they are about competing with others around you. There is nothing wrong with being a little disappointed when not reaching your own personal goals… Thats not self entitlement. That’s how the great ones succeed…

GeoffDawg

May 6th, 2011
10:24 am

“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,” – that’s the opposite of an entitlement mentality GTBoob.

He was clearly asked what caused the off-throw and he explained. You’re reading into this way too much. I’d hate to be your kid. Nothing would ever be good enough.

LL KoolL

May 6th, 2011
10:29 am

Drew looks like he’s more in love with being a future Olympian than a football player. Needs to get his priorities straight. If you want to throw shot puts, do that, if you want to play football, do that, but you won’t likely be great doing both. Make up your mind kid, and figure it out.

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
10:36 am

Isn’t this a discuss competition?

[...] won’t discuss the state championship Thursday, but called the performance a “fail.”  How can a championship-winning performance be labeled as a [...]

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 6th, 2011
10:38 am

Man. most of the Tech. fans that come onto these blogs are a piece of work. How is it wrong if this kid is not satisfied because he thought he could do better, even though he placed first. I bet a lot of folks wish they had this kid on thier team. He shows a lot of drive, passion and a willingness to be the best. He is going to be one fine DAWG. All of these stupid, negative comments about a great athelete and very decent person, show your ignorance. He was representing his high school, not UGA at this track event, but I for one, am darn glad he is going to UGA. You go young man. You are more ahead in the game of life than a lot of the so called fans of other schools on this blog. I would bet he will see the field a lot this year for UGA, because he is just so passionate about what he does in life and I think he will be a leader for the DAWGS on the field.

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
10:48 am

GTBob, go “engineer” something. Hey, how about engineer an efficient solar panel or electric car so Obuma will quit wasting our hard-earned tax money on crap that don’t work.

dawgster

May 6th, 2011
10:54 am

@GT Bob…does it not concern you that you seem to be the only one or one of few that has a problem with Mr. Drew and goal of setting high standards for himself…Your analogy regarding the 5 year old at the birthday party is not even relevant…Is your hatred of UGA so strong that you can’t anologize that the young man appears to be a class act and just wants to be the best he can. I don’t think anything that he said would indicate the “brat” mentality you commented about, however it could apply to you in my opinion…What a classless act to find something negative to write about this young mans’ pursuit of goals for himself….Really Classy GT Bob……..

@GTBob

May 6th, 2011
10:59 am

Why is your right arm so much larger than your left?. Oh wait we know..I forgot about those 900 calls at 2.99 per minute that represent your social life. Get a life you pathetic loser

GT Bobs Dog

May 6th, 2011
11:00 am

Even I know the guy is a total jerk. I wouldnt pee on him if he was on fire.