A final five

Craig Drummond

Tiger fans are quick to refer to LSU as "D-Line U" with all of the defensive linemen that the program has sent to the NFL and with the highly regarded pro prospects currently on the LSU roster. That topic always gets LSU fans worked up and it also gets Craig Drummond a little excited as well.

“The way they play defense and send guys to the league is exciting and especially if you’re a D-lineman,” Drummond said. “The team always sticks together and it’s a good school so why wouldn’t you be interested in them considering all of that.”


That the nation’s 13th ranked defensive end is interested in LSU has taken some by surprise because Chicago, Ill. is a long way from Baton Rouge.

 

But after hearing the 4-star prospect from Morgan Park High School name his final five, the interest seems to be genuine.

 

“I’m going to take all of my visits and they’ll be to Wisconsin, Illinois, Miami, Tennessee and LSU,” said Drummond, who will take his visits after his senior season. “Those are my final five.”

 

Drummond trimmed his list down to five after carefully considering the 20-plus scholarship offers he received. He said that he looked at several factors when whittling his list down but there was one in particular that separated his finalists from the others.

 

“The way the coaches act and talk to me about stuff,” he said. “It’s not only football but how they talk to me about issues off the field and in school.”

 

For LSU, the coach that has dealt with Drummond the most is defensive line coach Earl Lane.

 

“My father is the one who talks to him and all of the coaches,” Drummond said. “They talk a good bit and my dad says they get along real well. I talked to him some too and he seems like a good guy.”

 

For Drummond (6-5, 260), his senior season has not gone the way he mapped it out. He suffered a high ankle sprain in practice the week before his season opener and he has been on the shelf ever since.

 

His team is currently sitting at 3-3 and he says he will be released to play after two more weeks. Having to sit and watch his team go to battle on Friday nights has been tough but he knows there isn’t anything he can do.

 

“It’s been hard,” Drummond said. “Watching my team struggle without me being able to be on the field has been killing me. It makes me want to rip the tape off and get out there but I know I can’t.”

 

When Drummond does get healthy and he takes the field in a couple of weeks he says he will show coaches, and the opposition, why he is one of Scout.com’s top defensive line prospects in the country.

 

“I can come off the edge or play inside,” said Drummond, who logged 67 tackles and 18 sacks as a junior. “I have a lot of versatility and that’s what coaches say they like so much. Plus, I’m relentless and always going full speed.”

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