Drake Van Hyfte, 1st team IHSFA all state linebacker/offensive tackle, has become one of the 38 members of the 2020 recruting class for Eastern Illinois University. Van Hyfte was a team captain for the A-W Titans, was the teams defensive MVP, was named the Dispatch Argus All-Area Player of the Year, and was named 1 st team Academic-All Lincoln Trail Conference selection. Van Hyfte stacked the stat sheet in 2019 with 163 total tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 INT’s, 2 forced fumbles, 11 QB pressures, and 1 defensive touchdown.
A-W head coach Logan Willits had this to say about Drake signing with EIU, "Drake entered our program in a very interesting spot. We were coming off our first semifinal appearance in co-op program history and we replaced it with 1 incoming freshman, Drake. Drake worked from Day 1 entering our program to not only maintain the history and success of the AW Titan football program but to leave it in a better spot than it was before. Drake became a great leader for us very early and helped promote accountability within our program. Drake was able to grow and develop and help set numerous records as a senior football player."
"Our staff would like to wish Drake the best at Eastern Illinois. We are very excited to watch how his development continues at the D1 level. He will always be a part of our Titan Football program and we hope he is as proud of that as we are of him."
Drake will walk the same halls of EIU like 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, ex-Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo, and Super Bowl winning head coaches Mike Shanahan and Sean Payton.