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The Drake Commits to Penn State

Whooo Siren!

Gotta love The Drake.

  • Jerry: You don't like the Drake?
  • George: Hate the Drake.
  • Elaine: I *love* the Drake.
  • Jerry: How could you not like the Drake?
  • George: Who's the Drake?
  • Elaine: "Who's the Drake"?
  • Jerry: The Drake is good!
  • The rumors started last week. It wasn't expected to be official until tomorrow morning, but the Philadelphia Inquirer let the cat out of the bag.

    Curtis Drake, a 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback from West Catholic High, gave Penn State an oral commitment during a visit yesterday.

    Drake said that he had all but made up his mind before yesterday's trip but made the trek to State College for the sake of his mother, Schante Smith Roberson, and his stepfather, Robert Roberson.

    They met with Drake's recruiters, assistants Ron Vanderlinden and Mike McQueary, and head coach Joe Paterno. At the conclusion of the meeting, Drake informed them of his decision.

    "I just liked everything about the school," said Drake, who had an offer from Northwestern and was attracting attention from Georgia Tech and Maryland. "I've already been up two times before and just felt comfortable."

    The Drake led his West Catholic team to two straight division titles. The Drake only had offers from Penn State and Northwestern, but he was seeing a lot of interest from Georgia Tech, Purdue, Pitt, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Maryland were all showing heavy interest. The recruiting sites both rate The Drake a three star prospect.

    The Drake plays quarterback for the Burrs and completed 75-of-143 passes for 1325 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Drake also ran 74 times for 597 yards and nine touchdowns. Most schools project him as a wide receiver which is probably why the recruiting services rate The Drake only three stars. But Penn State has offered The Drake the opportunity to at least try out at quarterback. The Drake fits the mould of the athletic dual-threat quarterback Penn State has been looking for the past two years.

    BSD believes The Drake is perfect for this recruiting class. His versatility gives us the option of playing him at wide receiver or quarterback. We can continue pursuing our top quarterback targets like Forcier and Newsome. If they work out, great, The Drake plays wide receiver. If not, great, The Drake gets a shot at quarterback. Either way it's great for Penn State and great for The Drake. Gotta love The Drake!