The recruitment of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville cornerback Sean Draper has steadily gained momentum in the last few months, and has now reach a crescendo days before he will sign his letter of intent. Which school he will choose may be known before that.
"I'm starting to get sort of an idea, so I am probably going to do it earlier," Draper said of announcing his decision. "Right now it is Louisville, Pitt, Iowa and Hawaii I am still considering."
Draper took an official visit to Hawaii the weekend of Dec. 2, followed by one to Iowa on Dec. 16 and stops at Louisville on Jan. 13 and Pitt on Jan. 20. A final official visit this weekend was supposed to be taken to Kansas, but Draper opted out of that trip and is now focused on the four schools he did visit.
"For my major I want to do sports medicine or family medicine and all four have great opportunities for me to pursue that academically," Draper said. "I feel in football I can excel anywhere I go, and all of them had great qualities."
Draper went into further detail about his top group and broke down each of the four schools more in-depth.
Hawaii - "Hawaii is a family-type atmosphere. Right when I got down there and met them, it was like knew them forever. The environment of it is like no other and that plays into it too.
Iowa - "With Iowa it is just the stability of it. The coach has been there 13 years, been to bowl games 10 years in a row. Then, just the statistics with four DB's going pro and Coach Phil Parker just reminds so much of my uncle and [Glenville] Coach [Ted] Ginn. They're going to teach you and I like that about Iowa.
Louisville - "Louisville, the program in general, reminds me so much of Glenville. The team around it is young and they have so many good prospects coming in. The campus was cool and even though I didn't get to hang out that much, when I was out and about it was a nice campus.
Pitt - "With Pitt, it was the fact that I already went to a camp up there in the summer and showed out, but I guess they had too many commits and guys they had offered at my position that I didn't get the offer. I liked the atmosphere of it, and when I went up there on my official everybody just seemed like they wanted to be there."
Draper is one of three prospects at Glenville uncommitted and still weighing BCS offers. Teammates Willie Henry and V'Angelo Bentley are also on the verge of announcing their college decisions and several schools appear on all three player's lists.
"There is only a couple places we could go together, and I'd say that's a plus," Draper said. "We talk about it sometimes about all going to the same place, but I don't think that is going to play into it."
The 6-0, 165-pound Draper is rated three stars and ranked as the No. 53 cornerback in the country and the No. 48 player in the state of Ohio.