High School Sports

Northside's John Drew keeps options open

While Northside defensive tackle John Drew hasn’t c o m p l e t el y ruled out the possibility of s i g n i n g w i t h Georgia Tech, he is no longer verbally committed to the Yellow Jackets.

Drew, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound rising senior, wants to explore all his options before he makes a final decision. He h a s o f f e rs f ro m D u ke , Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, in addition to Georgia Tech.

“I still consider (Georgia Tech) a possibility,” Drew said. “It was really about Atlanta. I have lived near Atlanta for all my life, and I really don’t like the big-city environment.”

Most of the other schools that have offered or expressed interest in Drew aren’t located in urban areas.

Drew said he has spoken with the Georgia Tech coaches, and they were upset with him when he made them aware that he was decommitting.

He still has plenty of time to make his decision as players aren’t allowed to sign a national letter of intent until February. All verbal commitments are non-binding.

Drew’s stock has grown since early February, when he verbally committed to the Atlanta-based school. He had a good showing at the Gainesville, Fla., Nike camp, which earned him a spot in Rivals.com ’s national rankings.

Drew is currently considered the 180th-best prospect in the country and 19th-best defensive tackle in the nation, according to Rivals.

Even with Drew climbing up the rankings, he plans to continue to work hard.

“I just try to stay humble and continue to get better,” he said. “Everyone wants to be No. 1, and I want to be the best player I can be. I will keep on working.”

Drew is the only Bi-City player that has verbally committed. There are a handful of Bi-City players that have already received scholarship offers.

Beside Drew, Carver linebacker Jarvis Jones is the only other Bi-City player that is nationally ranked. He is considered a four-star prospect and is ranked the 39th best prospect. Fellow Carver linebacker LeRon Furr has a handful of offers from schools, including Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Carver offensive lineman Chris Hubbard has offers from Duke and North Carolina.

Central-Phenix City running back Orwin Smith and defensive lineman Marlin Sims have received multiple Division I offers, according to Rivals.com. Glenwood wide receiver Arthur Williams has offers from Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.