- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor says the recruitment of 2014 wide receiver Mark Andrews has hit a new high.
“He has really blown up,” Tabor said. “I knew he was going to be good, but it’s really taken off. I thought he would be a big-time kid, but he has turned into a physical specimen.”
Andrews played basketball and soccer growing up. He didn’t even start playing football until his freshman year of high school. Two seasons of work and he has turned himself into a big-time prospect. While he is now a starter on the basketball team, he no longer plays soccer.
As a sophomore Andrews already stands 6-foot-6, 230 pounds and holds offers from Michigan, Arizona, Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon, among others.
The fact he is already as big as he is has some schools considering the tight end position for Andrews, but his coach doesn’t believe that’s necessary.
“I’m telling you, a lot of people have talked to him about putting his hand down, but he wants to be a receiver,” he said. “You look at a guy like Plaxico Burress and he’s big. Mark is athletic, too. We do electronic 40 times and I bring somebody out to do them and he ran a 4.85.”
The Michigan coaches have been in contact with Tabor, and the Wolverines have told the coach they see Andrews at either receiver or tight end.
“Michigan has said both and that’s what most people are saying,” he said. “They do some things where he can block, but he doesn’t want to do that all the time.”
Since most of this attention was unexpected Andrews still remains open to all schools pursuing him. Luckily for him his quarterback, Kyle Allen, is in the same boat.
Allen already has offers from UCLA, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Boise State. He has been hearing from other schools as well, and Tabor knows he has a special duo on his hands.
“You go from having an average team to having two kids who get BCS offers. Kyle is going to have as many offers as Mark will,” he said. “We have had close to 40 schools come through. Michigan and every school that has come through have been very positive.”
Tabor says he runs a wide-open offense that gives Allen some freedom to pass or run. He’s not run-first quarterback, but he’s not a statue, either.
While the Wolverines haven’t offered Allen yet, they did express interest in seeing him at their summer camp in June. It’s a possibility that both prospects could make it up to Ann Arbor for the camp, but their schedule isn’t set in stone quite yet.
“They’re going to check out some camps. We’re trying to jumble schedules right now,” Tabor said. “They’ll also take some unofficial visits in the fall. They both have the means to take trips, so I’m hoping they take advantage of that this summer and then get to some big games.”
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