Dallas (Texas) Skyline all-purpose back Tony Drake thought that he got his recruitment over with a long time ago with a March commitment to play for the University of Michigan. Suddenly with National Signing Day just a week away, Drake is looking at a new future with a new program.
Throughout the season, Drake has seen communication fall off between himself and the Michigan staff and that became particularly true following the departure of his recruiting coach, Jay Hopson to Memphis. With that in mind, Drake decommitted and has since committed to play at Colorado State.
"After Coach Hopkins left and took the Memphis defensive coordinator job, there was a lack of communication between Michigan and Tony and he just went another route where he was wanted more," explained Dallas Skyline recruiting coordinator R.J. Bond. "Colorado State seems very excited to have him and to get someone of his talent level."
As the communication levels began to wane between Drake and Michigan, he began to hear from the likes of Tulsa, Kansas State and Utah along with the Rams. Following a good official visit last weekend to Fort Collins, Drake made the decision to commit.
"It seemed like it's a college town," Bond said. "Everything there is backing Colorado State there. He really enjoyed himself. He had a couple of people that he knew up there so that kind of helped. He thought the process was over way back but he's happy now that he's at a place that 100 percent has got his back."
Drake was quiet about his second round of recruitment and didn't want things to be wide open. He did have a very good idea of what he wanted in a program. In fact, what he wanted was exactly what he first saw in Michigan.
"Tony wanted to re-open it but didn't want to get wild and crazy," said his coach. "He said at most he wanted to talk to two schools. He wanted schools that came through a lot so he wasn't just picking a school. He wanted a school that was talking the way Michigan was talking in the beginning and that wanted to have him. He wanted to go somewhere that he would feel at home."
Drake's commitment immediately makes him one of the most highly-touted commits in Colorado State's 2010 class. He is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 all-purpose back in the country after rushing for over 1,300 yards on Skyline's talent-laden team.