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July 27, 2010

Drew still undecided about collegiate future

THOMASVILLE — Ray Drew is still undecided.

By all accounts, Thomas County Central fans will have to wait until Signing Day, 2011, to find out where the highly-recruited senior will play collegiate football.

Speaking five days before the start of fall practice, the Central senior gave no hints as to who his favorites were. He’d like to keep it that way.

“I’ve kind of taken the recruiting process and turned it into a game somewhat, I guess you can say,” Drew said. “I’m having fun with it. I’m the type of person that I don’t like to be predictable. Like, a lot of recruits, just by what they say and the way they act, you can pretty much tell who they’re leaning towards and who they like.

“I’m not that type of person. I’m the type of person that I like to have fun with stuff.”

Drew is one of the top defensive ends in the country. The four-star recruit is ranked by as the top prospect in the state and 15th overall, nationally. Among the teams interested in Drew are Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.

“A lot of people have been giving speculation about where I want to go. Some teams are still in it and some are not,” Drew said. “ I’ll probably know before (Signing Day) but I just won’t come out and say anything until then.

“Coach asks me each week, ‘Who’s in your top five this week?’ He says it changes every week. He asked me (Monday), ‘Who’s in your top five this week?’ I said, ‘All the west coast schools.’

“It changes a good bit.”

The first day high school seniors can sign letters-of-intent with colleges is typically the first Wednesday in February.

Central’s first fall practice will be Midnight Madness, which will be held on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets’ first game is Aug. 27 at Thomasville. With the season just around the corner, Drew is confident the speculation surrounding his football future will not affect his play this year.

 “This is my last chance to make a statement at Central,” Drew said. “My first priority is Central football.”

Drew was a first-team All-Area selection last year as he posted 72 tackles, forced three fumbles and recorded a team-high six sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

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