Northside’s Drew signs with Duke

Northside’s John Drew has been nothing but consistent, both in his play and in his timing in regards to recruiting.

Last summer the 6-1, 300-pound defensive lineman was the first Chattahoochee Valley football to commit to college, committing to Georgia Tech though he later changed to Duke.

Wednesday, Drew was the first local player to sign his scholarship when he inked the papers in the Northside media center to attend the Atlantic Coast Conference school.

“It’s relief to get it over with. Now I can start working to earn a starting spot,” Drew said.

The Blue Devils had two things working for them in securing Drew’s signature. Its location, Durham, N.C., allows Drew to be close to his brother Chris who just completed his freshman season at North Carolina Central, also located in Durham.

It also allowed him to play again with his friend since youth league football, Shaw’s Kyle Griswould, who was in attendence during the ceremony. Griswould later signed with Duke as well.

Drew thanked all of his coaches from youth soccer to Eastway Youth Football to Blackmon Road Middle School to Northside.

“I’ve learned something from each of them,” he said. “I’d also like to thank my teachers, everybody had made a difference for me. I thank everybody.”

The gathering for the ceremonial signing — the actual scholarship papers has been signed and delivered to Duke by fax earlier — included a cross section of Columbus from coaches, to Muscogee County School District administrators to family friends.

Dale Williams of SportsVisions was the keynote speaker for the ceremony, reminding Drew to “honor his father and mother” Rod and Sandra Drew and to “stay humble.”

Rod Drew told the audience that it does indeed “take a village to raise a child” and thanked Northside teachers and administrators for helping take care of his sons.

ContactJerry Rutledgeat 706-320-4405