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Fri. January 29, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Nature Coast running back Tevin Drake has one less college to consider.

Marshall notified the Sharks senior it had run out of scholarships and was pulling an offer it had extended earlier this month. Drake had planned to take an official visit to Marshall this weekend.

Former Nature Coast coach Mark Lee helped secure offers for Drake and rising senior Ja'Juan Story during the American Football Coaches Association conference. He said at the time his pre-existing relationship with Marshall first-year coach Doc Holliday played a role.

That same afternoon, Lee was fired by Nature Coast after an internal investigation revealed he did not mesh with the football program.

Drake has offers from Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Memphis. He said Friday morning via text message he has not orally committed to any school and he has no official visits planned.

Drake and those helping with his recruiting process have held out hope more offers would come. Drake had an offer to Miami last summer, which was later rescinded. He also turned down an invitation for an official visit to Minnesota.

There was hope Oregon might swoop in at the last minute, but that ended this week when Temple (Texas) running back Lache Seastruck orally committed to the Ducks.

Drake finished as the North Suncoast’s second leading rusher of all time with 4,981 career yards and 69 touchdowns.

igould@tampabay.com

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