|Tony Drake (#12)|
Former Wolverine commit Tony Drake made the news this past week, and not for a good reason. Drake was declared academically ineligible to participate for the 2011 season at Colorado State.
Drake committed to Michigan and Rich Rodriguez in March 2009. Coming from Skyline High School in Dallas, TX, he could have been the first step toward building a pipeline to the powerhouse program. However, rumors started to swirl during the 2009-2010 school year that Michigan had stopped recruiting Drake, likely due to grade issues. Sure enough, by late January 2010, Drake switched his commitment to Colorado State.
As a Michigan-level recruit playing at Colorado State, he had a fair amount of success in his true freshman season. Drake split time between wide receiver and running back, catching 6 passes for 71 yards and rushing 7 times for 89 yards and 1 touchdown. He also led the team in kickoff returns, taking 29 of them back for an average of 24.3 yards per attempt.
Unfortunately for the 5'8", 169-pounder, his road may have ended when he was pronounced academically ineligible last week. He no longer appears on the CSU roster and will either get his academics back on track and rejoin the team or perhaps end his career prematurely.
Find out about Drake and others in the Ex-Wolverine Encyclopedia, read his commitment post from a couple seasons ago, or check out his high school highlights below:
[Thanks to reader Robby for alerting me to Drake's academic status.]