A Look Back: David Andrews

Dean Legge takes a look back at Dawg Post's review of David Andrews coming out of high school.

Here is a look back at what Dean Legge wrote about David Andrews coming out of The Wesleyan School in 2011. This article appeared in the 2011 Dawg Post Recruiting Guide, which was released in April 2011.

David Andrews
Center
Wesleyan – Norcross, GA
6-2/282

David Andrews patiently waited for an offer from one school – Georgia. Once he got what he wanted – in February of 2010 – he committed practically on the spot. A lifelong diehard Bulldogs’ fan, Andrews initiated a domino effect among Georgia’s targeted offensive line recruits. He quickly befriended Watts Dantzler, Hunter Long and Nathan Theus – all of who followed Andrews’ lead and committed to Georgia. The four now plan to live together in a dorm in East Campus Village.

HONORS: PrepStar All-Southeast Region team… Scout.com three-star prospect, #6 center nationally… ESPN.com three-star prospect, #6 center nationally… 2010 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class A All-State First Team and #41 in Georgia… 2010 Georgia Sportswriters Association Class A All-State First Team… 2010 U.S. Army National All-Combine Team Honorable Mention… played in 2010 NUC All-World Gridiron Classic… 2010 Gwinnett County Offensive Lineman of the Year… Gwinnett Daily Post All-County First Team Offense

STATS: As a senior, Andrews recorded a 92 percent blocking grade average, 58 knockdowns and did not allow a sack. He also recorded 41 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss. As a junior, Andrews recorded an 88% blocking grade average with 48 knockdowns and did not allow a sack. He also added 41 tackles and eight tackles-for-loss on defense.

CHAD SIMMONS ON ANDREWS: “There are not a lot of faults in Andrews’ game. He is a leader, has a lot of experience, has the ideal build for that position, is very explosive and is smart. Andrews is a real competitor and looks for a challenge to make him better. Andrews is very explosive off the ball and gets his hands set on the opponent very quickly. He explodes through the defensive lineman and then works his hips and squares his shoulders to drive the defender from his running back to open up a hole for him to run through. Andrews holds his blocks well and has the ability to drive defenders down field totally out of the play. Andrews is a true center, and you do not find those very often. He understands the position, can make the calls, is a strong competitor, and has all the tools to make an early contribution in Athens.”

Mike Bobo’S COMMENTS: “David does need to be ready to play. He’s played center. We’ve got to establish depth there. If he’s one of the top eight or nine guys he’ll play.”

OPPOSING COACHES SAY: “He's a ball player. He's a good kid, too – just a tough ball player. He's a legit division-one ball player. He could hang on any level in high school, any classification. I think he's going to be a good one at the college level, too... He’s a force. I was very impressed with him. We really looked at him hard figuring out how we were going to handle him on both sides of the ball. He’s been well coached in high school. Fundamentally, he’s pretty solid – very strong; very athletic kid. He’s going to be a good one.”

LEGGE’S FINAL WORD: A little bit like Moore and Herrera, Andrews committed early; competed early and often; and stuck with the Bulldogs during their 1-4 start. I expect Andrews to play in 2011 and be the starting center at Georgia from 2012-14. He’s a fighter who will confront you physically. People like him; some are drawn to him. He’s likely the most mature player headed to Athens I’ve dealt with. Andrews is the future leader of the players in this class – all of that, and he’s not a bad center, either.


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