ESPN 300 TE Andrews picks OU -- as a WR
August, 2, 2013
By Erik McKinney | ESPN.com
Erik McKinney/ESPNMark Andrews is the No. 8 tight end in the ESPN 300, but he wants to play wide receiver.Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) knew that for whatever school he committed to, it would be as a wide receiver.
Friday, the ESPN 300 tight end found a match in Oklahoma, where Bob Stoops and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell have recruited him as a pure pass catcher from the very beginning. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Andrews announced on Twitter his commitment to Oklahoma, becoming the 12th member of the Sooners' 2014 class.
It was always wide receiver for Andrews and Oklahoma, and during this trip, he got a taste of how that would play out.
"I got a really good sense today of where exactly they see me fitting in," Andrews said. "Throughout the process they never said tight end. I was always dealing with coach Norvell, who is an amazing guy and coach.
"I am going as a wide receiver, 100 percent. They see me going up for jump balls, being a deep threat and being about to high-point the ball. They want me to create mismatches against a smaller cornerback or motion inside to utilize my speed to create a mismatch against a linebacker."
Andrews said he went on this most recent visit to Oklahoma with a plan in mind. If it felt right, his recruiting process would be finished. And that's exactly how it played out.
"I was really going to see the atmosphere and that type of thing," he said. "That would determine if I was going to commit. But I felt right at home again, and I know it's the right place, so I pulled the trigger."
Andrews' older brother attends Oklahoma, and the big receiver said the whole family was excited about the news.
"He's ecstatic," Andrews said. "My whole family growing up were huge Sooners fans, so they couldn't be happier for me. He's going to love being able to see me more often, and having family there is definitely a plus."
Andrews is the third receiver commitment hauled in by Oklahoma for the 2014 class, and it doesn't take long to realize that Andrews will be heading to Norman along with another big receiver from the West region in 6-foot-5, 210-pound Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada).
"He's been texting me, and I've been fortunate enough to build a relationship with him," Andrews said of Todd. "He's a great kid and a great player. Putting us on opposite sides or together on the same side could be a nightmare for any defense to cover. We have a big future ahead of us playing together. It's definitely something I've thought about."
Andrews said he is 100 percent committed to Oklahoma, and that will be his lone official visit this fall. He is still working out a date for that trip. As a junior, Andrews caught 81 passes for 1,494 yards and 21 touchdowns.