Drager Leading Tough TJHS Squad

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Thomas Jefferson High School (Jefferson City, PA) is one of the top teams in the state and is off to a 4-0 start to the 2006 season. Tech recruit Chris Drager , a three-star prospect who plays tight end and defensive end, has helped his team to the undefeated record with five touchdown receptions so far this season.

“In most polls we’re ranked #1 in the state,” Drager said. His team is a member of the WPIAL Big Seven conference on the AAA level. “We have star players at key positions like quarterback and running back. We’ve played four games and we have three shut-outs already. And then we have like 180 points or so, so we’re doing good.”

Personally, Drager feels bigger, stronger and faster this season. He also says experience and better technique have impacted his performance on the field in a positive way.

“I think I’m playing pretty good. I never thought I’d score this many touchdowns already,” Drager said. “I’m doing pretty good defensively, too. We’re just working as a team and that’s why we’re so good. We have a few D-1 players, but we have a bunch of good players around us.”

Thomas Jefferson won the state championship two years ago. Last season, it fell in the District championship game and did not make it to the state playoffs. The loss still resonates with Drager and his teammates, who hope to duplicate the success they had his sophomore year.

“Last year, we were expected to win states again but we came short in the District championship,” Drager said. “We still remember that. Hopefully, we can play well and get back to the state championship again.”

The 6-4, 230-pound Drager remains excited about his commitment to Virginia Tech and remains solid as well.

“I’m set,” Drager said. He chose Tech over offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Stanford and West Virginia, among others. He talks with primary recruiter Bryan Stinespring each week.

He is also happy to have the recruiting process behind him.

“It’s helped a lot,” Drager said of making an early decision. “There is basically no pressure from colleges. It’s been quiet for the most part. Only South Florida said they would continue to recruit me. Other schools have sent letters but have just stopped. I can put more time into my season, so that’s good.”

Drager is being recruited initially as a tight end, although he acknowledges that he could move