Texas Athlete Has the Look of a Corner

Athletes capable of manning the cornerback positions will always be coveted by college coaches but the demands of the position have taken on added significance in light of the secondary concerns in the two losses suffered this season. Quickness, speed, and instincts are key ingredients in the makeup of successful cornerbacks. The state of Texas could provide the Crimson Tide staff with the type of athlete who should get his first look at cornerback.

Willie Andrews, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from Longview, Texas, projects at the all-important cornerback position. He plays defense sparingly on the prep level because he spends the majority of his time on offense. Andrews has rushed for 396 yards and four touchdowns through four games. He has also added 74 yards as a receiver.

Andrews production has come against some of the stiffest competition in the high school ranks. Longview High School has compiled a 2-2 record against four powerhouse programs from Louisiana and Texas. The two wins came against Midland-Lee High School of Midland, Texas and Ruston High School from Ruston, Louisiana. The two losses came at the hands of Evangel Christian of Shreveport, Louisiana and Lake Highlands from Richardson, Texas.

High School coaches are known for being loyal to their players during the recruiting process and Andrews' coach is no exception. However, one gets a sense of complete truth in the words of his head coach.

"Willie has tremendous athletic ability," said Longview High School Head Coach Pat Collins. "He's a real good football player and a strong student, too. He scored 1,010 on the SAT. He just has everything you're looking for."

Baylor, Duke, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, and UCLA have all offered scholarships to Andrews. Other programs showing an interest in Andrews include Alabama, Nebraska, Purdue, and Texas A&M. At this point, Andrews is considering taking official visits to all four schools that have yet to offer along with one of the schools with an offer to him.

"Right now, I plan to take my visits to Alabama, UCLA, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Nebraska," said Andrews. "I have already taken unofficial visits to Texas A&M and Texas Tech but I want to take my official visits to get a better feel for each school."

Andrews is well aware of which factors he's examining to reach his decision.

"I'm looking for good tradition, a strong program, exposure, and playing time," Andrews said. "I also want the program I choose to have a bright future."

As it relates to Alabama, Andrews is being recruited by Assistant Coach Jim Bob Helduser and he has good things to say about both the coach and the Crimson Tide.

"Coach Helduser has really impressed me," Andrews said. "I knew him from TCU. Alabama has good tradition, a history of winning national championships, and good potential."

Sounds like the prospect and the program could be a match.

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