Jared Drake will get an opportunity to play quarterback in college.
Drake, who led the Westerville Central High School football team to the Division I, Region I playoffs last season, made a verbal commitment Jan. 26 to play at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn.
He said he will sign his letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Central.
Drake was named captain of ThisWeek’s Super 25 and was first-team all-state last fall. He completed 170 of 260 passes for 2,873 yards with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushed for 745 yards and nine touchdowns on 129 carries.
"I’ve always wanted to take (playing) quarterback as far as I can,” he said. “The fact that East Tennessee State is really interested in me as a quarterback meant a lot to me. It meant that they recognized the hard work I put in and I wanted to take the opportunity to play quarterback at the next level.”
East Tennessee State is restarting its football program after having discontinued it in 2003.
Drake said the Buccaneers will play scrimmages against club teams in 2014 and begin Football Championship Subdivision play in 2015. He said that 2014 will not count toward a player’s eligibility.
Drake selected East Tennessee State over Duquesne.
“Duquesne being in Pittsburgh was a really cool place … but when I went down to see East Tennessee State and got a view of the landscape and being in the mountains on the east side of Tennessee, I kind of fell in love,” he said. “Something about it felt right.”
Drake led Central to the OCC-Cardinal Division title last fall at 7-0. The Warhawks finished 10-2, losing to Austintown Fitch 40-24 in the second round of the postseason.