Miami DB Has Big Upside

When you watched Monsignor Pace High School in Miami last year, the first player you generally watched for was standout senior Lovon Ponder, who signed with Miami over Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, and a host of others. However, there was another standout performer in that secondary.

At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Quinton Andrews will be one of the top defensive back prospects in south Florida this year. He finished last season with over 100 tackles and four interceptions and was Pace's best defensive player in the state title game.

"I start at receiver too so I can catch the ball real well at DB," Andrews said. "I have good ball skills. I know when to jump and all that stuff. When the ball's in the air, it's mine. And I like to hit you. If you wanna come across the middle, you better know I'm gonna be there waiting for you."

Andrews, who will take the SAT for the first time in May, also competes in basketball and track.

"We have districts coming up and I know I'm gonna move on to regionals," he said. "I got an 11.04 100 and 23.04 200. I'm ready."

The talented defensive back helped lead Pace to a state title last season and plans on getting them back this year.

"We lost a lot of seniors but we have some transfers coming in that will help," he said. "I just wanna have a good season and get us back in the state game again. It'll be more of a challenge this year."

Andrews, who jumped 30.7 inches and did 14 reps on the 185-pound bench press at Sunday's NIKE Camp, is already getting plenty of recruiting attention.

"I have scholarship offers from Tulane, Rutgers, and Iowa," he said. "I want them mostly from UM, Ohio State, NC State, Florida, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh."

Andrews said he received a letter from UM on Monday.

"They said they'd like me to come to their big scrimmage next weekend," he said. "I plan on being there. They have an awesome program. They get a lot of players from around here. They are close to home, Lovon is going there. I hope they offer."

Andrews plans on attending the MSL/TheInsiders.com Camp on April 18.

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