December 28, 2009

CMU leaves good impression on Florida DB

Playing for Plantation High in Florida nets plenty of exposure, heck they have five Division 1 prospects including former Central Michigan target Gilbert St. Louis. But somehow athlete Deven Drane has slipped under the radar a bit.

Drane currently holds offers from Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Southern Miss and Southern Illinois with Purdue, Rutgers, Michigan State and Wisconsin all showing interest. He is being recruited as a defensive back by most schools, but showed this year he can play multiple positions as he switched over to the offensive side to help his team.

"My season was pretty good, I had to learn a new position," said Drane. "I wanted to play defensive back, but we needed some offensive weapons so I was moved to wide receiver to help the team."

Drane became one of his team's top receiving threats and also chipped in on special teams, returning a kickoff for a touchdown and blocking three field goals. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Drane recorded a 4.5 forty this summer, but he feels it's his mental attributes that separate him from other players.

"I think I know the game real well," Drane said. "I have good football skills, I'm not the fastest or strongest guy, but I have good technique and I'm able to lock opponents down."

Drane visited CMU on the weekend of December 11th and was able to do so along with one of his friends, Dareyon Chance from Cardinal Gibbons (FL) who was also on his official visit.

"We were talking about how we have to go to the same school and stuff and we know each other pretty well. We actually met through one of my friends, and every time we met we just talked and such and go to know each other better. It was cool that I had a friend with me on my visit to CMU though."

Drane also came away very impressed with CMU on his visit.

"It was fun, I really liked it," said Drane. "The thing I had a problem with was going to college and fitting in, and I had a great connection at CMU and felt very comfortable. I like CMU a lot, I'm very interested in them. During my visit I connected with some of the players, they have a lot of guys from Florida, and I just really liked the atmosphere."

But, CMU currently doesn't have a head coach cemented in place and Drane was visiting on the weekend just before former CMU head coach Butch Jones bolted to Cincinnati. As Drane responded, the coaching instability doesn't bother him.

"The thing about it is, he told us that he was going to make a decision during those few days that we we're coming up for a visit. He said the move was mostly due to his family, and I had no problem with that. In reality though, it's the players on the field that win games and not the coaches, so the coaching situation doesn't matter to me."

Drane added that he has no timetable set for making a decision and said signing day wasn't out of the question. His teammate, defensive back Tim Burke also holds an offer from CMU.

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