Alabama Crimson Tide senior running back Kenyan Drake took to Twitter today to address comments he made about his decision to attend the university rather than the University of Georgia. Speaking to Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph yesterday, Drake explained his choice.
“I think it was because of the fact that it was Alabama and I like to be a winner,” Drake said, when asked why he chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia. “Honestly, at the end of the day, going to Alabama would put me in the best position to be the person I want to be on and off the field.”
His words then went viral, and Drake took to Twitter to defend himself.
A former four-star recruit out of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, near Atlanta, Drake did indeed receive an offer from Georgia as well as Alabama, along with many other schools. Given how Alabama had just won a national championship some months before his graduation from Hillgrove, while Georgia was a solid SEC school but not one that was necessarily in the national title picture consistently, one would see why the Crimson Tide would be more appealing to a recruit. Sure enough, in his freshman season, Alabama won another championship, its third under head coach Nick Saban.
Thus, while some Georgia fans may have been offended by Drake’s comments, it’s pretty clear that he wasn’t intentionally taking a shot at the university’s football program. It just so happened at the time of his recruitment, Alabama was a more appealing destination. This season, perhaps, that could change.
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