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How good is Kenyan Drake?
It is easy to to fly under the radar following running backs Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and freshman All-American T.J. Yeldon. Coming out of high school the 6-0, 190-pounder was ranked #88 nationally by 247Sports and #130 nationally by the industry generated 247Composite.
Drake was rated higher by 247Sports than other recruiting services in large part because of the ringing endorsement from 247Sports Georgia Insider Rusty Mansell. Rusty was one of the first to push for Drake's high rankings and often compared his explosiveness and big play ability to a young Reggie Bush.
Although Drake has been in the shadows, he's far from a sleeper. Some close to the Alabama program that feel Drake is the most talented running back on the roster. In fact, sources close to BOL tell us that he behind closed doors he is often compared to Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers in his running style and big play ability.
When asked how good can Drake be, the answer always comes back the same, "as good as he wants to be."
Drake is expected to compete for significant snaps this fall and will likely be battling freshman Derrick Henry for the bulk of the no. 2 carries.
To date, the only thing holding Drake back has been Drake himself. He has some significant maturing to do to earn Saban/Burns' trust. He has all the talent in the world, but still misses assignments, fails to block and fumbles too often. If the light goes off this fall and he does the little things to earn the staff's trust, look for him to be a significant part of the offense. If not, he's likely to be pushed by the other backs.
The talent is all there to be one of the next great running backs at Alabama. Its all up to Drake whether he is ready to work hard, be a professional at all times and compete at the same level as the other great backs that played before him. He's considered a good kid and if he puts it "all" together, we are going to hear a lot of Gale Sawyers comparisons.
This post has been edited 5 times, most recently by Lucky on 10/14/2013 at 9:25 AM
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