NCF On The Trail: Andrew Billings

ESPN 300 lineman headed to Baylor 

February, 5, 2013
The curious case of ESPN 300 lineman Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco) has finally been resolved.

Texas adds juco OT Desmond Harrison

January, 21, 2013
Texas kicked off on Monday what could be a fruitful final few weeks of 2013 recruiting by picking up its first verbal commit since October.

The Longhorns have landed pledge No. 14 from Contra Costa (Calif.) College offensive lineman Desmond Harrison.

The three-star prospect chose Texas over Arizona State, USC, Oklahoma and offers from more than 20 schools.

“This feels real good,” Harrison said. “I feel like I just made the best decision. It was a tight decision. It really boiled down to Arizona State and Texas, and they really made it difficult. It just felt like Texas was the best for me.”

Harrison had been leaning toward choosing Texas for a while, but the final decision was tougher than he’d expected.

“It was a last-minute decision,” he said. “Everything came down to the end. I was still thinking about it today."

A 6-foot-8, 310-pound lineman who is being recruited to play left tackle, Harrison took an official visit to Texas on Dec. 7 and is the program’s second junior college pledge, joining Butte (Calif.) College tight end signee Geoff Swaim.

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When Texas switched up its recruitment of one ESPN 300 prospect, everything changed in the way he looked at the Longhorns.

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ESPN 300 G Billings talks officials, top 3 

December, 26, 2012
HOUSTON -- ESPN 300 offensive guard Andrew Billings is happy to be playing football again.

The 6-foot-2, 308-pound four-star prospect, who played both offensive and defensive line for Waco (Texas) High School, helped the Lions make it to the Class 4A state quarterfinals before they were knocked out by Wolfforth (Texas) Frenship on Dec. 1.

Now Billings is getting ready for a week of practice and competition at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which will be held Sunday at Reliant Stadium. He's also thinking about his college future, which is still to be determined as he chooses from a top three that includes Baylor, Texas and TCU.

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Andrew Billings set for Texas visit 

December, 7, 2012
The father of ESPN 300 lineman Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco) said a trip to Austin, Texas, will be on deck this weekend.

Anthony Billings said his son will visit Texas and take in the Longhorns’ end-of-season banquet weekend. Texas is one of three schools Billings has on his list. Baylor and TCU are the other schools atop the list, and Mississippi State and SMU are on the outside looking in for the 6-foot-2, 308-pound offensive guard/defensive tackle.

“The schools have not changed,” Anthony Billings said, referring to reports that new schools have entered the mix for his son’s services.

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Texans abound in the ESPN 150, ESPN 300 

November, 7, 2012
In previous years the Lone Star State has held a sizeable chunk of the ESPN player rankings, and the latest ESPN 150 and ESPN 300 lists continue to follow suit. Of the 300 names, 41 play in the Texas high school system.

Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) remains the highest-ranked player in the Midlands region. While he fell from No. 10 to No. 13 overall, he was switched from the nation’s top-ranked receiver to the nation’s top-ranked athlete, a position that better suits him because of his multiple hats at Sealy.

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Warrick makes jump in new ESPN 150 

November, 7, 2012
Wide receiver Jacorey Warrick made the biggest jump of any Longhorns commitment in the ESPN 150, which was updated today. Warrick, who has been out since tearing the meniscus in his right knee on Oct. 4, moved up from No. 114 to No. 59. He is now the No. 8 wide receiver.

Darius James remains the Longhorns’ top-ranked player at No. 17 overall, which also makes him the No. 1 center. Jake Raulerson dropped a spot to No. 56 and remains the No. 3 offensive tackle.

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Decision on hold for Andrew Billings 

August, 30, 2012
The father of four-star offensive lineman/defensive lineman Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas) has said the proposed Sept. 1 deadline for his son to commit will be moved back in an effort to further analyze his top five schools.

Anthony Billings said his son is still weighing offers from Texas, Baylor, TCU, SMU and Mississippi State, and no school has emerged as a front-runner. Currently, Andrew Billings, a 6-foot-1, 312-pound two-way prospect, is preparing for Waco’s season opener Saturday against Manor, Texas.

“He wants to focus on getting ready for the upcoming games,” the elder Billings said, referring to Waco’s forthcoming opponents Manor and Copperas Cove, Texas. “He has also decided to attend some college games.”

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Ten offers for DT Andrew Billings 

April, 24, 2012
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.

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