Defensive tackle Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas) is considered by many to be a diamond in the rough when it comes to recruiting. Although unranked, he already has 10 FBS offers, the latest coming from Mississippi State on April 18.
On paper, Billings has all the tools of the prototype, BCS defensive lineman. At 6-foot-2 and 308 pounds, Billings bench presses 460 pounds, squats 675 and dead lifts 650. He also has run the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. Billings finished the 2011 season as an all-state honorable mention lineman on both sides of the ball.
“My game? I try to play 100 percent all the time and be aggressive,” said Billings, who additionally won a state powerlifting championship in the super heavyweight division last month.
Along with Mississippi State, Billings has offers from TCU, Texas Tech, Colorado, Baylor, Minnesota, UTSA, SMU, North Texas and Tulsa. He also has interest from Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska and a host of other schools.
Billings said all of his offers are sitting equally, but the offer from Mississippi State was special, as it was his first SEC offer.
“That’s big for anybody,” Billings said. “It shows that someone sees the talent in you and that you can play in one of the best conferences around.”
Billings said he’s not only looking for a program where he can contribute early but also a school that has a respectable academic background. He has a 3.5 grade-point average and is looking to pursue a degree in business.