Ray Drew’s announcement today might not make or break Georgia’s recruiting class. But securing the nation’s No. 1-rated weak-side defensive end will go a long way in cementing the esteemed “dream team” moniker coach Mark Richt coined for his 2011 recruiting haul.
Drew, from Thomas County Central, will make his college destination public at 10 a.m.
He will choose among Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia. While the Bulldogs have been considered the favorite to land Drew, he has used social networking to confuse followers.
He has posted positive comments about other schools, primarily the national champion Auburn Tigers. Scout recruiting analyst Chad Simmons, however, said Drew (6-foot-5, 248-pounds) most likely will pick Georgia.
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“I have had so many questions about Ray Drew from Georgia and Auburn fans over the past six weeks,” Simmons said. “ I have said for months, I think it is Auburn-Georgia for Drew, but I have said for a year now that I felt Georgia would sign him in the end. I am sticking to my guns.”
Carver running back Isaiah Crowell, the No. 1-rated tailback recruit in the nation, will announce on national signing day, Feb. 2. He has narrowed his list to Georgia and Alabama andwon’t do interviews until after he makes his final decision.
Junior college nose tackle John Jenkins plans to announce Feb. 5.
Including the commitment of Colquitt County offensive tackle Xzavier Ward on Jan. 24, the Bulldogs have 22 pledges for the 2011 class expected to sign a letter of intent.
Georgia could take as many as 30 players, including early enrollees: wide receiver Chris Conley and quarterback Christian LeMay.
Other players Georgia is still in the mix for: Asheville (N.C.) defensive end Jeff Pagan, Nashville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Antonio Richardson, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) linebacker Kent Turene and Williston (S.C.) linebacker Dexter Staley.