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Monday, April 1, 2013
Weekend visits set for Watch List OT Mike

By Erik McKinney

College coaches aren't able to visit high schools for another two weeks, but recruiting already is picking up in a big way for ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Andrew Mike (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino).

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound lineman said an average day consists of picking up around 20 letters at school and sorting through another 30 when he arrives home.

"Facebook has been a good way to stay in touch with coaches," Mike said. "After school and sports, I'll spend a couple of minutes answering coaches there and opening mail -- just trying to keep up with it."

Mike holds eight scholarship offers at this point -- Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Northern Arizona, Penn State, Utah and Washington -- but is hearing from plenty of other programs. This summer, his team will attend a passing league and big-man challenge at Notre Dame, and Mike plans to stick around for a week after his team heads home. He will try to combine that visit with a trip around the country on his way home, with possible stops at Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington.

"Michigan State is pushing really hard, and I get a lot of letters from Michigan," Mike said. "My dad's side of the family grew up in Michigan on both sides of the state, and my grandpa went to Michigan State for a couple of years, but there isn't any favoritism there."

Arizona and Arizona State have done everything they can thus far to stress staying home to Arizona's bumper crop of big time 2014 recruits. Mike is one of the players in the crosshairs.

"They're definitely pushing really hard to build a wall around Arizona and keep all their players here," Mike said. "They both sell a hard argument for their place. My dad went to Arizona, and my mom lives in Phoenix, so it's kind of a big family thing here."

But Mike added that it's still too early in the process for him to have decided whether he wants to stay close to home or head out of state for college.

This weekend, he'll be on the move as he takes unofficial visits to Stanford and Cal. The Cardinal are hosting a junior day this Saturday, and Mike is excited to attend.

"I definitely want to build a relationship with those coaches," Mike said. "What they're doing makes them one of the best in the Pac-12, because they expect everything on the field and in the classroom as well. They said they want to wait (to offer) for as long as they can, because they want to see who can fit their program the best. I'll definitely always keep that as an option -- a big option."

As for the Cal visit, Mike is excited to meet the staff there, as well.

"I'm definitely excited to see coach [Sonny] Dykes' new offense," Mike said. "It's fast-paced with a lot of scoring. The last time I was up there, I got to see the new facilities -- it's insane. The stadium was still under construction, so it will be really exciting to see that."

This will be the first time Mike is able to meet offensive line coach Zach Yenser, which he is looking forward to.

With plenty of time between now and signing day, Mike is in no hurry to rush his recruitment. It's likely to pick up in the coming weeks anyway, as all the schools showing interest have told him they will be making visits during the spring evaluation period.