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Friday, January 25, 2013
Three-star Andrews flips to Florida State

By Corey Dowlar

Three-star Minnesota commitment Nate Andrews (Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope) was ready to get it over with.

After an official visit to Florida State on Jan. 11, the two-way athlete decided Tallahassee was the place for him and changed his commitment to the Seminoles.

"It has a great proximity to home and I think he will fit well into what they do," Fairhope head coach Adam Winegarden said. "It is a great university with a great football program, so he had a lot of great choices and good people. This is the one Nate wanted and this is what we support.

"Nate is a very versatile player. He's played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for us. If he played wide receiver, he was the best receiver on the field. If he played defensive back, he was the best defensive back on the field, that's the kind of player he is. He is a two-time all-state player. He is the best overall player that I've coached in my time doing this. He was the best ball player on the field in any game we played."

New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, formerly on the Alabama coaching staff, had a sizable impact on Andrews’ decision to head to FSU.

"Coach Pruitt had recruited him at Alabama and kept up with his career closely the whole time he was there," Winegarden said. "They had a relationship and that helped. When he got to Florida State as the defensive coordinator, they built a role to get him on and that's what he did."

And more than likely, Andrews will begin his career on the defensive side of the ball with Pruitt overseeing him.

Andrews now becomes the second commitment for Florida State from the state of Alabama joining offensive tackle Austin Golson. He is also the third verbal that is projected to play in the defensive backfield and the 20th commitment overall for the 2013 class.