Junior to Watch: Maurice Drew
School: Concord (Calif.) DeLaSalle
Position: Running Back/Defensive Back
Size and Speed: Maurice stands 5-foot-8, weighs 190 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.
Statistics: Maurice 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 TDs. He also returned two punts and one fumble recovery for a Touchdown. Maurice is also a very talented defensive back and may get at look at that position on the next level. Rivals.com feels Maurice will project as a running back.
Honors: Drew was an all-state, all-area and all-league selection.
Favorite Schools: Maurice is very open and will review all his options. Drew is not opposed of going away to school. Distance will not be a factor. He will choose a school that fits his needs academically and athletically. He already has an offer from Colorado. He is hearing from almost everyone in the Pac 10. Both Cal and UCLA showing interest in the talented running back from DeLaSalle.
The Skinny: Maurice is the marquee player for a team that has won 125 straight games and counting. Obviously Drew knows how to play under pressure and anyone who him play against Long Beach (Calif.) Poly last year recognize that he is at his best when playing against the best. Drew is the complete running back. He can run, catch and block. “He loves to hit and mix it up,” said DeLaSalle assistant coach and athletic director Terry Eidson. “Maurice hits the hole and explodes.”
The thing that makes Maurice so tough to tackle is his great quickness and low center of gravity. Drew’s moves have moves and his great acceleration makes him a super running back prospect.
Maurice reminds many of (dare we say it?) Barry Sanders. Drew possesses many of the same qualities in running style as the great Barry.
Maurice will take the Spartans 125 game win streak into the fall against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. DeLaSalle will play Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Honolulu (Hawaii) Saint Louis and the always tough Mountain View (Calif.) Saint Francis.
When you’re the best you play the best. The Spartans have never ducked anyone during their streak and this season DeLaSalle continues to take on all challengers.