How strong is the commitment of one of Georgia’s top running backs to Alabama?
So strong that he’s wearing proof of it on his head.
Hillgrove High School’s Kenyan Drake recently had the Crimson Tide’s “A” logo shaved into the side of his head.
Is that loyalty or what?
“I went to the barber and gave him my Alabama hat,” Drake explained to the AJC. “He looked at it, and used it as the inspiration to draw it on my head. It really turned out great.”
Drake had his new hairdo in time for “The Opening” — Nike’s new summer training competition this past weekend which featured some of the nation’s top college football prospects.
Drake was like a walking billboard for Alabama recruiting. “If someone didn’t know my name, they would say ‘Hey, Alabama’ to get my attention.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drake surprised many by committing so early, picking Alabama last February among his six offers, including both Georgia Tech and UGA. He would’ve likely doubled or tripled his offers had he remained a free agent farther into the spring. Drake was happy with the Alabama offer, and didn’t see the need to wait any longer to commit.
Like with most top prospects, other colleges continue to recruit Drake and committed players until they officially sign the papers in February. Drake said he hasn’t had much contact with any other schools since talking with UGA coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo last month.
“I talked to them right after school ended, and they wanted to know if I would be able to come up for a visit to Georgia,” Drake said. “I told them I would have to talk to my Dad, but that it was unlikely because of my hectic schedule for the summer. I told them that I probably wasn’t going to make it.”
Is Drake 100-percent committed to Alabama? “I’m 110 percent,” he said. “I’m sold on everything that Alabama has to offer. I’m comfortable with the situation. I really like the coaches, the football tradition and the overall atmosphere. That’s my school.”
With Drake headed to Alabama, he is trying to recruit other top prospects to commit to the Crimson Tide, include his buddy Geno Smith, the St. Pius cornerback who has Alabama and Auburn as his co-leaders. At the Nike event, Drake said he worked hard on safety Landon Collins of Geismar, La.
“He said LSU and Alabama are his top schools,” Drake said. “I had frequent conversations with him. He was walking around with an Alabama hat on the whole time. I told him to quit playing around and go ahead and make that decision. He wanted to sport that ‘A’ on his head; I told him to sport that ‘A’ on his heart.”
After all, Drake is sporting the “A” on his head.
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