Tony Drake Goes Blue

Michigan 2010 RB commit Tony DrakePer both premium sites, Michigan has received a commitment from RB Tony Drake out of Dallas’s powerhouse Skyline High School. Drake is a little guy (5-8, 160) and could end up at either RB or slot.

Recruiting Notes
Drake’s recruitment moved quickly, to say the least. Most Michigan fans hadn’t heard of him before today. However, Rich Rodriguez and company had, and after evaluating his film, they offered Drake, who accepted almost immediately.

Player Notes
As mentioned above, Drake is a little guy (listed anywhere between 5-6 and 5-9), and with his skill set and size, he could excel as either a quarkback or a slot receiver in the Michigan offense. His measurables call to mind Jeremy Gallon, though Gallon was more proven at the time of his commitment last year, having been a multi-year starter at QB for Apopka, whereas Drake has been on the bench for Skyline, behind James White (3* Iowa State commit in the class of 2009), and second-leading rusher QB Chris Frazier (a 2* who signed with SMU). He finished the year with 429 yards on 55 carries (7.8 ypc) and 3 touchdowns. Receiving, he had 7 receptions for 73 yards (10.4 ypc).

Drake is a high school teammate of Scout/Rivals 4* LB Corey Nelson. Though he hasn’t shown the Wolverines much interest yet, Drake’s commitment might help them get their foot in the door with Nelson.


Photo by Milton Hinnant of the Dallas Morning News.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Ann Arbor 1879 says...

    Hooray for NR commits who sat behind two stars!!!!

  2. Tim says...

    Like Brian said, if there’s one area in which RR and staff can recruit lower-rated guys without deserving too much criticism, it’s at slot/RB. I think when all is said and done, Drake will be a solid 3-star who’s a good fit for the system.

    For clarification’s sake, he was the 2nd-string RB behind 3-star James White, but was the 3rd-leading rusher on the team, because the QB was a running threat in Skyline’s spread-option scheme.

  3. GregGoBlue says...

    very average-looking recruit, much like Kinard. I hope RR and Co. know what they’re doing.

  4. I know nothing says...

    I sure hope the meh- that Brian describes is dead on. This looks like a Ballad of “00” in the future of VB. Love him and have given a pass, but get some god damn defense, and not guys that Barwis needs to put 100 lbs. and 6 inches on. Sorry.

    And he was second string behind guys that are not going to big D-1 programs. 2 star guys going to Iowa State or something. I still drink the kool-aid.

  5. West Texas Blue says...

    It’s official; Michigan has the most whiny fan base in America. Jesus all people do is bitch and complain. Not sure why people don’t understand that defensive recruits are playing wait and see since we’re on our 3rd defensive coordinator in 3 years and it takes longer to evaluate defensive prospects. Sigh…


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