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Sunday, March 10, 2013
OU trip meets Andrews' expectations

By Bob Przybylo

It was his first trip out of state, so ESPN Watch List tight end Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) didn’t know what to expect on his trip this weekend to Oklahoma.

Following the visit, he is eager to make another trip.

Andrews, who is 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, has grown up a huge OU fan. His unofficial visit this weekend has only helped the Sooners, in his case.

The point of this visit wasn’t to get a commitment, so nobody was shocked when Andrews left campus without pledging to the Sooners. He wanted to see the campus and get to know the players and coaches. In that regard, it was a success.

“It was my first trip out of state, so everything was kind of new,” Andrews said. “It was great to get an overall view of the school and everything like that.”

Seeing how OU works and where he might fit in was one thing that stood out to Andrews. Saturday marked OU’s first day of spring practice, but Andrews said you could never tell by the way the Sooners conducted their business.

There weren’t any signs of rust or being confused. OU was ready to work, and it made a solid impression on him.

“For the first practice in spring, it was very efficient,” he said. “Everybody knew what they were doing. It was crisp, disciplined. I liked them a lot before this trip, and I’m liking them even more now.”

It’s good for OU to be in the running for Andrews, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint, to earn his commitment. Andrews said he doesn’t have any favorites and isn’t remotely close to making a decision.

But making an unofficial visit is a pretty good sign.

“Of course. I wouldn’t be visiting the school if I didn’t have a lot of interest,” he said. “I really liked how genuine the coaches are. They’re not pushing you to commit at all. They want you to make the best decision and not rush into anything.”

Andrews is listed as a tight end, but it was made 100 percent clear the Sooners are eyeing him at wide receiver. He spent the bulk of the day with OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell, and he talked to offensive coordinator Josh Heupel and head coach Bob Stoops.

And the trip wasn’t just about football. Andrews arrived Friday in Norman, Okla., for another reason. His brother attends OU medical school, and Andrews said it was great to see him again.

“I hadn’t seen my brother in a while so that was a lot of fun,” he said. “He’s in the medical school right now and loves it.”

Andrews said he plans to visit Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame on three consecutive days from April 18 through April 20, and those are the only visits he has set up for now.

This was his first time seeing Oklahoma's stadium and campus, and he said he didn’t leave with any unanswered questions.

“The campus was beautiful. It was awesome to see everything,” Andrews said. “This trip was everything I expected it to be and more.”