Here Comes Drummond
There has been a lot of attention on the Laurel High School receiving corps over the past few seasons. A large part of that attention has been because of the play of junior Octavious Cooley and senior Omar Bayless.
With a season to play, Cooley already has pulled down 154 catches for just under 3,000 yards and 31 scores. Bayless wrapped up his career this past season with 108 catches for just over 2,300 yards and 23 touchdowns.
With Bayless heading off to continue his career at the college level, the Tornadoes will look for someone to step into the role.
Enter sophomore Dontario Drummond.
Drummond had a great sophomore season for Laurel as a big third option for quarterback Keon Howard.
The Tornadoes' offense was able to take advantage of opposing defenses that were focused on the dynamic duo of Cooley and Bayless.
Drummond totaled 26 receptions for 569 yards and eight scores. None of those scores were bigger than the two he hauled in during the Tornadoes 29-26 win over Oxford High School in the 5A State Championship.
“I just kept working on my game and kept my head straight,” Drummond told SES. “It felt good.”
With a bulk of attention being spent on Octavious Cooley, look for a monster season for Drummond in his junior campaign in 2015.
Drummond already stands 6-2 and a shade under 200-pounds, but he says this offseason he plans to increase his size.
“I’m playing basketball right now, but when the season is over I plan to start working out,” Drummond said. “I want to get my footwork right and get faster and bigger.”
Laurel will have only a few big spots to fill before taking the field in 2015 in hopes of protecting their 5A crown, and if they have more young guns like Drummond to step into key roles, the Tornadoes should be a lock for a return trip to the Ship.
**Photo by Thomas Brown