Drake, a left tackle at Palm Beach Gardens High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is 6 feet 7, 300 pounds and a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com. But his offer sheet is much more impressive than his rating.
Some of the schools that extended a scholarship to Drake include Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and LSU, which hired Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada Wednesday. But it appears Drake chose Pitt over Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee after visiting last weekend.
“I think he was comfortable with the coaching staff,” his high school coach, Rob Freeman, told the Palm Beach Post. “And also he wants to major in engineering. He’s done a little research with what they have to offer there.”
Drake, whose father played six years in the NFL as a defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals from 1995-2000, is Pitt’s fifth offensive lineman in this recruiting class, joining Owen Drexel, Gabe Houy, Carson Van Lynn and Carter Warren.
“I think his best football is in front of him,” Freeman added. “He obviously has great size, but even more importantly, a great work ethic. Since he’s been here at Palm Beach Gardens, he’s never made anything but an A. He has a lot of pride in what he does, in every aspect of his life.”
Drake has said he plans to enroll early, joining his college of choice for the spring semester and thus, spring practice.
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