Ray Drew, Star Defensive End, Commits to Georgia

Ray Drew

This post was written by CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer

He told everybody he was going to shock the world. After making his announcement, Thomasville (GA) defensive end Ray Drew surprised nobody by picking Georgia.

"It really boiled down to people and academics," Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Communication is what I plan on majoring in and Georgia has one of the premier communication schools in the nation. And just knowing the type of person that Coach Richt is and the plans that he has for me as far as football and continuing to grow in all aspects of my life played a big role in it."

MaxPreps' 18th-ranked player overall and third-ranked defensive end, Drew adds to a stellar Georgia recruiting class that some have labeled 'The Dream Team.' At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Drew is expected to play outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Todd Grantham's 3-4 defensive scheme.

"Yes, I will playing the 3-4 defensive scheme," he told the Journal-Constitution. "While it is the 3-4, the majority of the time it's a 4-3 look where the outside linebacker plays on end with his hand on the ground and gets after the quarterback."

Georgia is not expected to stop adding recruits with the latest pledge from Drew. Outstanding running back Isaiah Crowell is considered by many to be favoring the Bulldogs and former Clemson commit Jeoffrey Pagan also is strongly considering Georgia.

Drew is the 23rd commitment for the class of 2011 for Georgia. Both the number and caliber of recruits that are headed to Athens are impressive given the recent sub-par season and rumors of head coach Mark Richt being on the hot seat.