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.