By: Zach Metkler, GZ Sports Report WriterFollow @GZSports_ZM
In case you missed it yesterday, the Pitt Panthers received a huge commitment along the offensive line (no pun intended) when 6’7″, 300 pound 4-star offensive tackle Jerry Drake Jr. gave his commitment on Twitter.
A native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Drake has said he plans to enroll early, joining Pitt in the spring semester, allowing him to participate in spring practices. Drake boasts impressive size, strength, and great work ethic, but more importantly, he gives Pitt yet another option at a position of need. With the Panthers losing All-ACC left tackle Adam Bisnowaty and left guard Dorian Johnson to the NFL Draft, Drake will join four other Pitt offensive line commits, including fellow behemoth offensive tackle Carter Warren (Wayne, New Jersey). The aspect of Drakes game that shines the most, however, is his pass protection skills. Again, with the departure of Bisnowaty, this will be a valuable asset for the Panthers moving forward.
Drakes commitment is an exciting one for the Panthers, who beat out some of the top programs in the country for the services of the tackle with tremendous upside. Drake held offers from South Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, Florida Atlantic, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, UCLA, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Purdue, UCF, South Florida, and Kentucky. Drake also has pedigree, as his father played six years in the NFL as a defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals from 1995-2000.
Drake is the 17th player to commit for Pitt’s 2017 recruitment class.