February 9, 2011

GA back picks up UA offer

Multi-talented athlete Kenyan Drake got a chance to showcase his versatility last season when his Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove team switched to a spread offense. While Drake continued to play at running back primarily, it opened up opportunities for him to showcase his wide range of skills.

"This year, our school moved to the spread for the first time," Drake said. "We had been running the triple option my first two years but this year I got a chance to do a lot of different things in the new offense. I lined up sometimes at wide receiver and I caught a lot of balls out of the backfield. At one point during the season, I had to go in late in a game at cornerback because our starter got hurt and I ended up making a big play there so I don't have a lot of experience on defense but I know I have the ability and the skills to succeed there. My whole approach is that anyway I can help the team, I'm willing to do it. If that's playing on defense, I'm up for it. I just want to play football."

The 6-foot, 180-pound back has already picked up a handful of offers from major programs with his most recent offer coming from the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"I got the offer from Alabama at their Junior Day event," said Drake. "Coach Smart told me when I got there that I would be getting an offer later in the day and then when I met with Coach Saban in his office he officially offered me. He said he liked my versatility as an offensive player, the fact that I can play running back or wide receiver and that I would fit into the offensive scheme Alabama uses really well. Coach Smart actually told me he would like to try me on defense in the secondary too and that he'd be fighting with the other coaches to have me on his side of the ball. They really liked my attitude a lot as well and the level of respect that me and my family showed all the coaches. They said that was important to them."

"The Alabama visit was great. I grew up rooting for Georgia and Georgia Tech my whole life so I didn't really know much about Alabama. Their facilities are second to none, probably the best in the country. Their stadium is beautiful and the whole campus has a very homey feel to it. I felt really comfortable there. It's not as big as the UGA campus but it's not too small either. It's a really good size. The coaches were also really open and honest with me and answered all my questions. It's really important to me that I feel like I can trust the coaching staff at a school because without that trust I can't really have a strong relationship with them. Alabama has really made me feel good about the relationship I have with them so far."

With offers from the Tide, Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets as well as early offers from Purdue and Tennessee, Drake has plenty of options on the table and says he wants to take his time before making a decision.

"I'm going to take my time with the process. I want to give all these schools fair consideration and I want to learn as much as possible about each school. This is an important decision and I don't want to rush it or make decisions without having all the facts first."

Drake boasts a 4.43 forty time, a 36-inch vertical and a 3.5 GPA.

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