|Junior linebacker Drake discusses recruitment|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Among the top prospects in the state of Michigan for 2014, linebacker Deon Drake of Detroit Cass Tech already has scholarship offers from the likes of Nebraska, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Iowa and others. Standing in at 6-1, 215 pounds, the talented athlete is considering the Wolverines along with a host of other major programs.
“The schools I’m looking at are Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State,” he noted. “I don’t have any favorites from them.”
Cass Tech has become a regular source of future Wolverines in recent years, with David Dawson and Jourdan Lewis already pledged to become members of the 2013 class. In addition, the Maize and Blue added Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson to the current group of incoming freshmen. In total, nine players from the school have signed or verbally committed in six classes.
“Royce has said he would love to see me there. He said that he would love to see us stick together,” explained Drake. “I would love to play with my brothers, but I don’t know. I don’t mind playing on my own instead of all of us together, but I haven’t really thought about it yet. It’s still early.”
In June, Drake attended the Michigan summer camp and he made a return trip to Ann Arbor in late July for the Wolverines’ BBQ at the Big House event.
“The barbeque went good,” he stated. “I brought my mom along, so she got to meet with the coaches who have been talking to me. And we got to meet the coaches’ families. So both of us had a good experience.”
Drake was joined on that trip by his teammate Damon Webb, a top defensive back prospect in the state for 2014. He gave his take on what the young athlete thought of the visit.
“Webb likes Michigan,” explained Drake. “He had a great time. He stuck with the coach – he was talking to him all day. He had a smile on his face the whole day, so that’s a good thing.”
Cass Tech won the state championship last season, and Drake is excited to be part of a group that will defend its crown.
“I want to accomplish us being together as a team, being fast paced and keep the ball in our hands,” he said of his goals. “There’s a very big bulls eye on our back. Everybody wants to knock off the top guy.”
Drake also excels on offense, where he could play fullback at the collegiate level. He noted that he would have no problem with playing on that side of the ball at the next level if called on to do so. See highlights of the 2014 prospect below.