GA (Thomas County Central HS)
A week ago Ray Drew said he would “shock the world” with his college announcement, but there was no shocking news that came from Thomasville, GA today. The 5 star defensive end announced at his high school that he would be signing with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Drew also said that it was now time for Antonio Richardson, Isaiah Crowell, John Jenkins, Jeoffrey Pagan, and Kent Turene to join him on the Georgia "Dream Team".
"I really became interested in Georgia after the 6-6 regular season but after the bowl loss to UCF I knew I had to be a Dawg. Communication is what I plan on majoring in and Georgia has one of the premier communication schools in the nation."
Drew told ESPN Recruiting's Jamie Newberg that he really liked Georgia coach Mark Richt and said "I think I can really grow [spiritually] there."
Drew selected the Bulldogs over his other finalists Auburn, Clemson, LSU and Miami.
Here is a partial transcript for Drew's Annoucement from the AJC:
Following is a partial transcription of Drew’s announcement as he delivered it:
First I’d like to thanks all the schools that recruited me:
Georgia: I became not only a recruit but a friend to many coaches on the staff.
Auburn: Auburn is a place that makes you feel at home. I personally think in the recruiting process the most overused word is family. At Auburn University, they actually make you feel like you’re in a family. . . . War Eagle!
Louisiana State: I’ve never been or seen a more crazy, exciting fan base. I have never seen a coach quite as unique as coach Miles. I truly appreciate them for everything. Go Tigers, as in G-E-A-U-X.
Clemson: Coach Swinney is putting together something very special in the hills of South Carolina. Clemson is a very unique place in that it has a population of 12,000, a student body of 17,000 but it has an 85,000 seat stadium sitting right in the middle. You do the math. In the words of the great Coach Howard, if you’re not going to give 110 percent, keep your filthy hands off my rock.
Miami: Coach Golden is a very genuine guy. He knows where The U used to be and he plans on bringing back the swagger. . . . And you can’t ask for a better campus Coral Gables. Go ‘Canes.
Thanks to the other schools for recruiting me, and I have nothing but respect for all them.
After many long nights of prayer – and I believe I’ve prayed about this decision more than I’ve prayed for my own well being – after a very close evaluation of each school, I have made a final decision, to attend . . .
It’s the toughest single decision I’ve ever had to make, hands down. I’m going to pick . . .
I’m just glad this whole thing is over, it’s really been very, very stressful [laughter] . . .
Throughout all the War Eagles and all the Go Tigers and throwing up the U of Miami, none compared to the two words that say it all, [throws on Georgia cap], Go Dawgs!