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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Ohio State visit impresses TE Andrews

By Brad Bournival

Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) had plenty of time to ponder what he wanted to see on Thursday’s unofficial visit to Ohio State during his four-hour plane ride to the state’s capital.

But what the Buckeyes showed the 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end/wide receiver surpassed anything he imagined.

“My day exceeded everything I ever thought,” Andrews said. “It was definitely a great trip for me. I’m glad I got to meet all the coaches and see what they had to think. It gives me a new perspective on Ohio State.”

That new perspective came with the usual tour of the facilities, a look at the academics and some face-to-face time with the coaches.

But Ohio State was much more than X’s and O’s and looking at depth charts for the budding star -- it was about meeting new people and forming relationships.

“I had a great time there,” Andrews said. “It was honestly wonderful. I could not say anything better.

“The people and coaches there were very sincere. That’s going to be big for me in my deciding factor. I want to see how sincere and honest coaches are. I liked the facilities and academics. Those were just a couple things I really enjoyed. I talked a lot with Coach [Urban] Meyer and he talked a lot about being honest and disciplined and what it takes to play and be at the Ohio State University.

“It was very refreshing to hear all of those things he preaches. But not only that he preaches it, it’s that he takes action to do all of it. That will be big to me.”

As for where Andrews fits in the Buckeyes’ spread offense, the coaches said they’ll move him all over and not just keep him as an H-back.

And while that had him excited, a chance to sit down with university president E. Gordon Gee was a little extra as well.

“The people are all really nice and sincere,” Andrews said. “It’s not just the coaches. I got to talk to President Gee. He’s a great guy. He’s really enthusiastic about what he does. I thought it was enlightening to talk to the president of the school. It’s not something you do every day. It was a great experience.”

Andrews’ focus now shifts to Michigan, where he will spend Friday in Ann Arbor, before heading to Notre Dame for the Fighting Irish’s spring game Saturday.

As a junior, Andrews made 81 catches for 1,494 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in 12 games for the Wolves.