Drone attended Mt. Carmel High School, Illinois, and was a four-year starter in baseball and a three-year starter in football and basketball. As a senior he threw 30 TDs and passed for over 2,000 yards, while rushing for over 1,000 yards with 15 TDs. Drone was a First-team All-State selection and was academic All-State as well. He was voted the conference MVP as his team posted a 25-3 record during his junior and senior years, finishing as the state runner-up both seasons . As a junior Drone passed for over 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns. He averaged 17 points per game his senior season in basketball, while hitting .400 at the plate in his final year as a prep.
As a senior at Illinois State Drone completed 192 passes for 2,222 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2006 Drone was a First-team All-Gateway selection after starting every game at quarterback. He completed 203 passes for 2,961 yards and 19 touchdowns. The prior season, 2005, he was an honorable mention All-Gateway selection and started all 11 games at quarterback as a sophomore. He passed for 2,930 yards and 22 touchdown passes In 2004 he played in seven games and completed one pass on two attempts for 10 yards.