Who can forget when Concord (Calif.) De la Salle running back Maurice Drew (5-8, 192, 4.4) burst into our consciousness against a highly talented Long Beach (Calif.) Poly team last fall?
Drew took the opening kickoff and returned the ball to the 50-yard line and three plays later Drew was in the end zone scoring De la Salle’s first touchdown, stunning and demoralizing a highly touted Poly team in the process.
This season there will be no surprises as Drew is the marquee player for the defending high school national champion De la Salle, a team that is currently riding a 125 game winning streak that has been going on for ten years.
Drew shared the ball two seniors and still rushed for 736 yards on only 59 carries. He also scored 15 touchdowns on the ground. Drew is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield, catching 13 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned two punts and one fumble recovery for touchdowns.
Drew was selected all-state, all-area and all-league for his junior performance.
With credentials like Drew’s it’s easy to see why schools such as Colorado, Wisconsin and Washington State have offered the talented running back a scholie.
Washington, Oregon, ASU, Cal, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, BYU, Michigan and Miami are also showing Drew a lot of interest.
“I haven’t even tried to break down my list of favorite schools to five,” Drew said. “I’m pretty busy getting ready for my senior season and having a job.”
“All schools are in a dead heat at this time,” Drew said. “I will start to think about college choices sometime during the middle of the season.”
The scouting report on Drew is he’s power back with finesse. He’s also very adept at catching the football and a threat to take the pigskin to the house whenever he touches the ball.
Drew has outstanding strength as he benches 330 pounds, squats 500 and has tremendous explosion as his 34-inch vertical jump indicates.
Drew will also help a team as a special teams player. He is a very skilled punt and kick returner.
What is Drew looking for in a school?
“The social environment and education are the most important considerations,” Drew said. “I want to be happy at a school if there wasn’t any football. Not everything in life revolves around football.”