Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Nate Andrews
By Corey Dowlar
With national signing day beyond us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.
Vitals: Defensive back Nate Andrews (Fairhope, Ala./Fairhope), 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
Committed: Jan. 25, 2013
ESPN.com grade: 78, three-star prospect
ESPN.com rankings: No. 74 wide receiver prospect in the country, No. 253 player in the Southeast region and No. 23 in Alabama
Picked Florida State over: Alabama, Minnesota, Mississippi
State of the position: Xavier Rhodes is the Seminoles' only real cornerback departure. Rhodes certainly will be missed, as he appears set to be drafted in the first couple rounds of the NFL draft in April. Ronald Darby and Nick Waisome return with some decent experience. But guys such as Keelin Smith, Lamarcus Brutus and Colin Blake have not played much. The group is definitely talented, but experience relative to the entire depth chart isn't ideal. At safety, Karlos Williams and Terrence Brooks will take over as starters with Lamarcus Joyner probably moving back to cornerback.
ESPN.com scouting report: Andrews is a productive, reliable target as a vertical receiver and is developing as a route runner. He plays faster than his 40 time indicates and he attacks the football thrown anywhere near him. Possesses adequate height and lean bulk. His hands are very good. Get-off is adequate and he shows good hands to deal with press, but must add strength. He has good leaping ability and flashes the ability to catch the ball at its highest point. Shows good body control and does a nice job of adjusting to the ball while it's in the air. He adjusts to the deep ball extremely well and shows the ability to consistently catch the ball thrown over his shoulder and over his head. Makes a lot of plays in tight coverage and when contested. Is tough and will work the middle of the field. Is capable of catching the ball in stride. Changes directions well, shows burst and quickness after the catch and can make some things happen on reverses and such. He is shifty and shows the ability to make defenders miss in space. Andrews does not always wow, but he is highly productive. Needs refinement on intermediate routes. Is generally used on deep or underneath routes. Has competitive play speed, but is not lightning fast or quick. The best thing he does is secure the ball. He is very reliable. Has adequate height, but is a good leaper that plays bigger than you might think in the red zone.
Expected impact: It isn't known exactly what position Andrews will play initially. A versatile two-way player in high school, he has no problem with taking on multiple roles. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt sought Andrews out quickly and finished the deal after getting him on campus for an official visit in January, and might be tempted to put him at safety initially. Andrews probably will not redshirt his first season on campus because the Seminoles will want him to get some experience as soon as possible given the depth in the defensive backfield.