Darren Andrews recaps Duke visit

It wasn't all bad in California for Duke. Certainly the performance against Stanford left much to be desired, but before heading to face the Cardinal, assistant coach Derek Jones had a chance to see one of his future players in action.

"I had a chance to have Coach Jones come out and watch me play," said La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat standout Darren Andrews. "He was on the sideline throughout the entire game and it was great to see him there."

Andrews, ranked as a three star wide receiver by FoxSportsNEXT, actually lines up as a receiver, running back, and cornerback for his high school team, but will be a cornerback at the next level. On Friday against La Mirada High, he recorded nine tackles and one pass break up in limited action as Amat won the game 34-24.

"I only played in the first half because I started cramping up. When I was in there, I felt like I continued to improve, which has been a goal of mine this season. I need to continue to improve on my technique, and to always compete."

Aside from his performance on defense, Andrews also factored into the offense, running four times for 78 yards, and hauling in one catch for 19. He then made his presence known on special teams - when the opponents kicked to him - averaging 30 yards per punt return. That stat line was apparently enough to impress Jones, when Andrews finally had a chance to catch up with him.

"We really couldn't talk on Friday, but I saw him at the Stanford game on Saturday, and texted with him later on. [The coaches] really like my speed and explosiveness as a player. They've told me to keep working and focusing on my techniques and getting stronger, so that's what I've really tried to concentrate on."

Technique and strength would have certainly served the Blue Devils well in their game on Saturday, and Jones relayed that to Andrews when the two spoke following the Cardinal's 50-13 victory.

"Everyone was really disappointed in the performance, but those kinds of things do happen and it's how you respond that matters. I'm sure they are going to work hard this week to fix what needs to be fixed so they can move on. Stanford was a really good opponent."

Andrews, who says he stays in touch with the coaches via social media, text, and phone at least once a week, chose Duke over an offer from Hawaii, and interest from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon State, and San Jose State in June. He confirms that his commitment is "100 percent" solid, and the next step will be an official visit to Durham.

"It's not going to be until basketball season. The coaches want me to get out there, but with the season going on and my season, it's really tough to coordinate schedules, so they want us to come during basketball because everyone has more available time."

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