OL David Andrews becomes commitment No. 4 for Georgia

Wesleyan's David Andrews (70) has the ideal size, quickness and intelligence to play center for Georgia. (Special photo by Brian L. Morgan)

Wesleyan's David Andrews (70), here leading running back Kyle Karempelis, has the ideal size, quickness and intelligence to play center for Georgia. (Special photo by Brian L. Morgan)

David Andrews grew up a Georgia Bulldogs fan. As a standout offensive lineman at the Wesleyan School in Norcross, he dreamed of one day attending the school on a football scholarship.

But Andrews was caught off guard when the offer to fulfill that dream finally came. He was actually on his way to a visit to Duke when he got the phone call from Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels late Thursday afternoon.

“Me and Coach Searels have been in contact. He came to my school a few times and I camped there,” Andrews said Monday morning. “But I just didn’t know they were close to making an offer. Coach Searels had been telling me to just be patient. I thought I was going to have to go to their senior camp and have a good showing there to get an offer.”

It seems the Bulldogs had seen all they needed to see. That and they decided they didn’t want to enter into a protracted recruiting battle for Andrews’ services.

Recruiting was starting to crank up for the 6-foot-2, 276-pound center. He’d received an offer from Michigan on Wednesday and Duke on Friday with the Bulldogs offering the day between. Meanwhile, correspondences with other school had increased dramatically since the calendar flipped to the New Year and Andrews was hearing that other offers were on their way.

“Recruiting really started picking up after I went to the U.S. Army [All-America Bowl] combine out in San Antonio [the second week in January],” Andrews said. “I had a really good showing out there, especially in the one-on-ones. I think that got some people’s attention.”

Chad Simmons, South recruiting manager for Scout.com, ranks Andrews No. 20 among 2011 college prospects from the state of Georgia.

“There are not a lot of faults in Andrews’ game as a true center,” Simmons said. “He is a leader, he has a lot of experience, he has the ideal build for that position, he is very explosive and he is smart.”

Andrews has drawn comparisons to Georgia’s current center, rising junior Ben Jones, and is expected to be the heir apparent at that position.

“I’m pretty sure Georgia wants me to play center,” Andrews said. “My size is the perfect frame for center and that’s the position I know best. But if they want me to play guard I’ll play guard. I’ll do whatever they want me to do to help the team.

So what happens now that Andrews has his dream offer in hand?

“The work has just begun for me,” he said. “You can’t relax just because you know you have a scholarship. You have to work even harder to get ready and show that you’re deserving of it.”

Andrews joins linebacker Amarlo Herrera (North Clayton) and safeties Corey Moore (Griffin) and Chris Sanders (Tucker) in Georgia’s Class of 2011.


205 comments Add your comment

JB

February 22nd, 2010
7:39 am

first…..what ever that get’s you.

DX107

February 22nd, 2010
7:44 am

Welcome aboard.

Goldtimer

February 22nd, 2010
7:46 am

Wow he picked UGA over a bad Michigan team and Duke? LOL, and the mutt fans go off on Tech picking kids over Vandy. All he will be is just another scrub that will go 0-4 against Tech.

Jim

February 22nd, 2010
7:49 am

congrats young man, you have very nice manners.

Football Fan

February 22nd, 2010
7:49 am

Goldtimer. Tech fans are rapidly becoming the most obnoxious in sports. You beat Georgia once in the last decade and have rings made about it. Then you limp to your conference championship and get thrashed in a BCS bowl by cornfed guys from Iowa. Now you have lost Chan Gailey’s recruits to the draft and they appear to be exponentially better than any recruits Paul Johnson can get. Your three best players will be gone this year.

Da Roun Circle

February 22nd, 2010
7:51 am

Smart guy with excellent technique. He needs to put on some more weight, but another great pick up. He’s been to the scout combines, and won them.

matt

February 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

Goldtimer…How many scrubs from UGA have every gone 0-4 vs. GT? Not many that I can recall. But don’t let little things like facts get in your way.

Dap01

February 22nd, 2010
8:01 am

You are going to be a great Dawg!

hammerhead

February 22nd, 2010
8:10 am

Goldtimer – you’d have to go back to the freshman class of 1953 to find the last class to go 0-4 against Georgia. Welcome to Athens David Andrews!

LoL

February 22nd, 2010
8:11 am

Goldtimer must have meant 4-0, not 0-4. LoL

Dawgforlife

February 22nd, 2010
8:12 am

I said it before and I’ll say it again for all the Tech bluster and blow hardness superiority is shown one way and one way only. You got through your mid level conference to the worst of the BCS bowl games because you got killed by a medicore Iowa team. But, that really doesn’t matter because it proves nothing either way. Superiority is proven on the field. The better team wins especially over time year after year. UGA is the superior football program cause it has been proven on the field not only this last decade but from the beginning. We have been and continue to be superior on the field, head to head, the only place that truly matters. This point cannot be argued. It is black and white the record proves it. There is no doubt. Was Bobby Dodd a better coach than Wally Butts? yes, but the cool part is, take away that time in history and the beat down would be even worse. And, before you start blowing about your 3 accient national championships (I’ll give you 1991 and UGA 1980) remember, I acknowledged Bobby Dodd and the point is head to head, in the trenches, on the same field

Apostrophes are overrated

February 22nd, 2010
8:14 am

JB – You’re first on the blog, but last in punctuation. Go back to work – someone just ordered an egg mcmuffin

Tim

February 22nd, 2010
8:19 am

Goldtimer is just trying to stir the pot and get a rise out of everyone (well, UGA fans anyways). Don’t pay him any mind.

Welcome aboard David! Hope he can stay healthy and replace Ben Jones after he graduates!

tim

February 22nd, 2010
8:23 am

looks like the puppies are loading up on 2 and 3 star guys for there usual top 30 class

GT fan

February 22nd, 2010
8:27 am

Goldtimer… nobody, including Tech fans, need your BS this early. Good pickup for the Dawgs. Solid kid who got to go to the school he always wanted to play at. Good luck to you everyday of the year except one… I think you can figure out which one…

Goldtimer

February 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

Not stirring any pot. Just pointing out that the same mutt fans that are embracing this kid blast Tech for signing kids that chose Tech over schools like Duke and Vandy. I’m sure the Duke fans are all upset over their loss.

DANDYDON

February 22nd, 2010
8:43 am

Tech loses most of their skill people to graduation and the pros and are still under some kind of
illusion of grandeur that they will win the NC next year. They better bring something more than
a trick offense! They will not repeat as weak conference champs!

JOHN T BUNTIN

February 22nd, 2010
8:45 am

Congrats, David. I’ve known you most of your life and know you to be dedicated , intelligent and a fine young man. UGA and us fans got us a good one. Look forward to following you rest of your career.

Derek Dooley

February 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

Does Wesleyan have a QB that might be interested in UT? Da Roun Circle I am so glad you approve; I am sure the coaches need you stamp of approval.

yearofthedawg

February 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

This is your day, David. Please excuse all the distractions. We’re proud to have you.

elmer fudd

February 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

How did the baseball do this weekend?

just sayin

February 22nd, 2010
8:50 am

Welcome David to the Ole Miss of the SEC East.

just sayin

February 22nd, 2010
8:52 am

DANDYDON, It must be the water in this state. Tech thinks they will win the NC this year and UGA thinks they will win it in 2011.

Paul Johnson's attorney

February 22nd, 2010
8:55 am

Paul,

Please don’t punch him in the face!

Cost- 45k

Thanks…

GHOST OF ERK RUSSELL

February 22nd, 2010
8:58 am

just sayin-how many games has ole miss won in 9 years???Thats what I thought-UGA is one of the top teams the last decade with one bad year.Get educated about the subject matter.If Stacey Searles says this kid can play he can play.Win 90 games in 9 years then come back and talk.

BigTimeTECHFan

February 22nd, 2010
8:58 am

Nice pickup for UGA – I like when kids dream of playing for specific school, get that offer and no there is no question about it.

Hope Tech gets some like him.

just sayin

February 22nd, 2010
8:58 am

Paul you need to wear a Manzier or is it a Bro. Go do some pushups. If other newspapers exposed you fools I would go read them but I am a very sad boy and reading this stuff perks me up.

why in the world?

February 22nd, 2010
8:59 am

the chances of going pro are miniscule – injuries, competition, and lack of opportunities in the NFL are daunting.

why wouldn’t someone take a scholarship to Duke and parlay that degree and education into a lifelong career in business, law, medicine, etc.?

I’m an SEC fan, and don’t mean to denigrate UGA here, I’d say the same about any SEC school. If it were my kid, I’d push like heck for that Duke degree… good luck with UGA and getting to the NFL kid

GeoffDawg

February 22nd, 2010
9:00 am

That’s the same offensive position that helped the Dawgs ram the ball down your throat goldtimer. I think the coaching staff knows how to evaluate OL talent.

just sayin

February 22nd, 2010
9:00 am

GHOST OF ERK RUSSELL, well I am so glad Stacey said he can play like the rest of the boys that played in Shreveport. If you call a 4-4 record 2 of the last 4 years a top team with losses to KY and Vandy at home, well I guess they are.

Get off the porch

February 22nd, 2010
9:01 am

Wow it’s gotten that bad in Athens that they have to take commits from kids who have offers from Duke? Good ole UGA – always playing for second or third in the East. Can’t wait to see another demolition in Jax this year.

Pago Flyer

February 22nd, 2010
9:02 am

Guess he heard about Michign in the Winter. Snow and ice this morning.

papadawg

February 22nd, 2010
9:05 am

I love these guys who want to be a Dawg and not wishy washy

Paul Johnson's attorney

February 22nd, 2010
9:06 am

I don’t know why anyone would want to go to one of the top tier law schools in the country at UGA? I heard they also suck at VET medicine as well! Good call SEC fan. I can understand now why you would push YOUR kids to DUKE. hahahahahahaha

GT fan

February 22nd, 2010
9:07 am

I do not think TECH will win a NC this year. Nor do I think UGA will win one in 2011, but they might be able to in 2-3 years! Goldtimer stop screwing with the UGA fans. I m tired of hearing all the negitive banter on these blogs. Show some respect!

Dawg in Newnan

February 22nd, 2010
9:09 am

Wow, it’s gotten that bad in FL? Now they have to come and read our site. I thought we were beneath them? For someone who talks a lot of crap about us, you sure do seem to visit our site quite frequently! Just sayin…

GT forever!

February 22nd, 2010
9:11 am

Kid should have chosen TECH. At least we could teach the kid how mug and rob someone properly!

GT fan

February 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

GT forever! = idiot! Some so class.

just sayin

February 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

newnan boy, we just love to be amused by fans who see thru rose colored glasses.

GT fan

February 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

Before any English majors pick that apart, I tryed to say Show some class.

GT fan

February 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

GHOST OF ERK RUSSELL

February 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

How many times has Georgia been third in the east this decade????They have been 2nd a few times and 1st but not many other teams have beaten Fla.UGA will not be third this year or next year but we have to get over the Fla hump.We have had the misfortune to play in the toughest conf on the same side of the division as the best team in college football the last 7 YRS.I am not complaining just stating facts.The worst we are going to do is 2nd and hopefully start a winning streak over Fla like we had in the 70’s and 80’s.

GT forever!

February 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

GT Fan: Hey buddy, I’m on your side, I don’t understand the criticism… If you’re a true techie like me, you would get the humor in that… I’m not blasting you with a plasma ray because you can’t properly put grammar together when it comes to typing on a computer am I?

ga gator

February 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

I agree Erk, UGA has recruited pretty well over the last few years.

Tim

February 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

I think this is a solid pickup. He might not be a 5* guy or even a national recruit, but I’ll trust the coaches on this one. This kid grew up a dawg fan, and didn’t hesitate when offered. We need these kind of kids. Besides, I think OL prospects are about the hardest ones to predict how they’ll turn out

GT forever!

February 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

GT Fan: Why can’t we just be friends? Go TECH, let’s kick some molecular tail!!!

TM

February 22nd, 2010
9:19 am

Football Fan
And fans around the south have known uga fans as the most obnoxious drunk losers for decades. Of course most of them didn’t go to uga. they just love to wear them colors!!

AltamahaDawg

February 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Good heavens, tech fans that couldn’t wait to get in his comment on a Georgia recruit first thing Monday morning. And absolutely failed miserably to make a legit point. What a surprise!

Really, you guys can’t see the obvious?

RxDawg

February 22nd, 2010
9:22 am

Allright, I love some grity O-lineman. Welcome aboard the dawg nation.

Dawg in Newnan

February 22nd, 2010
9:23 am

TM, From what I see in Tech fans, I wouldn’t be too proud to say that all of your fans went to tech. At least most of the ones on here can’t spell. Nice to see that you guys still have that “good old fashion hate” for us, we have almost lost that for tech. I kind of think of you as a little brother now, not really a rival. Thanks for the good games though….