Garnet Valley's Drew Kravitz is multitalented.
He can nail a ballcarrier - and carry a tune, too
Drew Kravitz has a reputation as the leader of the Garnet Valley defense.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound middle linebacker is a punisher of ballcarriers and fast enough to cover receivers. Of course, that's to be expected of someone who passes the eye test.
See him in the grocery store, and you know you're looking at a football player.
But look again.
There's more to Kravitz than passing the eye test. This senior also sings in Garnet Valley's chorus and male ensemble, is a member of the National Honor Society, carries a 3.3 grade-point average and takes honors courses.
The three-year starter also has perspective. To him, football is merely another extracurricular activity.
"I'm looking to major in engineering" in college, Kravitz said. "I'm looking for a place right now where I'm able to get a good degree and play football without it interfering too much with my academics."
So far, Kravitz is attracting interest from Georgetown University, Stony Brook (N.Y.) and St. Francis, among others. Kravitz has also applied to Drexel, a university without a football program.
"I do want to play football in college," Kravitz said, "but I won't be too terrified if I don't because I know Drexel is a really good engineering school."
College plans won't be on him mind tonight.
Garnet Valley faces Lampeter-Strasburg in a Class AAA state semifinal at HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey at 7.
Kravitz leads a stingy defensive unit that is giving up an average of 9.5 points per game. The Jaguars don't keep individual defensive statistics. But, according to newspaper reports, Kravitz averaged 8.5 tackles in the last two postseason games.
"He's not a big vocal guy," Garnet Valley coach Mike Ricci said. "He's a very quiet leader. But he's a definite leader by example. He's a big kid. He can run. But he's one of the nicest kids in the school."
Make that one of nicest teenagers with a superior singing voice. Looking to have some fun, Kravitz took his first chorus class as a freshman. A year later, he was taking the advanced course.
From then on, Kravitz has been a fixture on the chorus and male ensemble. He is often teased by teammates for his love of singing at school functions.
"That doesn't bother me much because there are other guys [at school] who go there," Kravitz said. "It's just something that we can go and have fun."
Tonight, however, will be all business.