With his team playing a 4 p.m. game Friday afternoon, Detroit Cass Tech class of 2014 linebacker Deon Drake has planned to attend Michigan State's home opener against Boise State later that night, and expects to bring a few teammates with him.
"I told my father I would like to attend the game," Drake said. "I believe Damon Webb, Gary Hosey and William White would like to attend as well."
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Drake is actually out for Friday's game against Detroit Northwestern with an ankle injury he sustained towards the end of last weekend's 25-18 win over Brother Rice.
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Shortly after the Technicians season opener, Cass Tech three-star offensive tackle Dennis Finley announced a commitment for the Spartans.
"Dennis came out unexpectedly with it. He is really quiet, so he didn't really give anybody a heads up about it," Drake said. "I'm proud of him. He took his time with his decision and I believe it was the best choice for him.
"With Dennis going there, I sat down and thought about it. Having one of my friends and teammates there will be a great experience if I thought about committing there."
Michigan State is one of seven schools that has offered Drake a scholarship, and he had high interest in the Spartans even before Finley's commitment.
"Michigan State is one of the schools I really like," Drake said. "I got to sit down with the coach and also my father and mother. My father really loves Michigan State. He had a good talk with the coach."
The other programs that have offered Drake are Cincinnati, Illinois, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse. He has several more schools showing interest and is looking to attend additional games this fall.
"I would like to see Michigan, Ohio State and it will be tough, but I'd like to get down to an Alabama game," Drake said.
Drake has had discussions with his father about making an early commitment, but at this point the junior linebacker plans to take his time with the recruiting process.
Drake plans to only be out just one week with his injury. He plays both linebacker and running back for the Technicians and racked up four tackles and 78 rushing yards in last week's win
"We didn't win the way we wanted to, but we got a chance to see who could do well because we had a lot of transfers," Drake said.