Big Time OL Grabs A Duke Offer

Entering this week, one of the top interior offensive linemen in the South did not have a scholarship offer, but on Michigan offered on Wednesday, Georgia on Thursday, and Duke on Friday.

"It has been a big 72 hours for me and my family," said David Andrews as he headed home from Duke University on Friday afternoon.

"I got the offer from Michigan on Wednesday, then the offer from Georgia on Thursday, and then Duke today. My head is really spinning right now.

And rightfully so.

Andrews has been getting some attention from Duke and Georgia for a while now along with others like Auburn and Florida State, but Michigan had not shown any type of interest, and he had no offers on his list up until the middle of this week.

Now he has three and the offers even came a little earlier than he expected.

"I thought I might be able to get one offer going into the summer camps and combines, but I did not think I would get three offers from schools like these this early," he stated. "Me and my family are very excited about the offers because it has been my dream since I was a little kid to play college football. Everyone around me has supported me and that Michigan offer has really gotten the ball rolling."

The Wolverines had not shown any type of interest in the 6-foot-2, 281 pound center out of Norcross (GA) Wesleyan before they offered him this week. The offer was very surprising to him.

Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez sent Andrews a message over Facebook about the offer and Franklin Pridgen (Wesleyan Head Coach) called up to Michigan to confirm that offer Wednesday morning.

Later on that day, Andrews talked to the head coach himself.

"It was new talking to Coach Rodriguez because I had not talked to anyone from the Michigan staff before. He told me about the Michigan program, how he wanted to get me up there for a visit this spring, and then he talked about the offer."

"He told me that he watched my film and that he was very impressed. He said I reminded him of one of his old linemen that is now playing in the NFL. It was my first offer and it was an exciting day."

About 24 hours later, Andrews had offer number two. This offer came from Georgia, a school he has been in touch with for time.

Even though he has seen Georgia coaches at his school multiple times and he receives mail from them on a regular basis, he did not see this offer coming.

"I really thought I was going to have to go back to Georgia this summer and earn an offer. I have competed in two of their camps already, they have seen my film, and they have kept up with my combine performances since my first one at Scout last year up until the U.S. Army one and then Scout again in January, but this was still a curveball."

"Coach [Stacy] Searels got in touch with my coach, my coach got in touch with me telling me to call Coach Searels. I have really connected with Coach Searels, so I just called him and he told me that I have a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia. I am now planning to go over there to visit them on February 27 for their Junior Day."

Before he visits Athens in just over a week, he tripped to Duke. He spent much of Friday there and he left with his third offer in as many days.

"I was standing on the sideline at their spring practice and Coach [David] Cutcliffe came over there and started talking to me. He told that he had been wanting to offer me for a long time, but he wanted to wait until he could offer me in person. He informed me that I was offered a scholarship to Duke as a football player."

"After talking to him during practice, me and my family went into his office to talk with him and Offensive Line Coach Matt Luke. They told us how they came to offer me, why Duke is special, what they have to offer as a program and as a school, and things like that. It was a great meeting."

The offer was big and it definitely stood out to one of the top centers in America, but another part of the visit really jumped out to Andrews.

"I have grown to know Coach Luke as well as any other coach during the process and watching him in action today was special. I have talked to him about recruiting and all that before, but watching him coach was great. He was fired up, the atmosphere was great there, and the visit was a great experience."

So who could be next? Auburn and Florida State are showing the most attention of those who have not offered, but this Peach State OL is not really worrying about who is next, he is thankful for his first three.

More offers will come for this talented junior and he is happy that everyone is starting to recognize that he can play with the best.

"After competing at my first combine last year with Scout and then going to all of these other ones and going against great players, I felt I could compete at the highest level," said one of the top 2011 prospects in Georgia. "That Michigan offer really got the ball rolling for me and that feels good."

Andrews is still keeping a level head and not looking too far ahead. He had a great time at Duke on Friday, he plans to head to Georgia on February 27 for a visit, and just take things one day at a time.

"I am excited about each offer that I got and I kind of still can't believe what has happened over the last 72 hours. I am keeping my options open, looking at everyone, and just seeing what comes next. It feels great to have the offers I already have from three great programs."

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