Q&A With Miami Commit Andy Cruse

In the span of two days, the Miami RedHawks landed their third and forth verbal commitments of the 2008 recruiting season. The latest commitment, Andy Cruse, a wide receiver prospect out of Turpin High School, and teammate of linebacker commit Luke Kelly, spoke on a variety of issues, including what it will be like to continue playing with Kelly at Miami.

In the span of two days, the Miami RedHawks landed their third and forth verbal commitments of the 2008 recruiting season. Making the accomplishment even more impressive was that the two players are high school teammates, both of whom were getting interest from big time programs. The latest commitment, Andy Cruse, a wide receiver prospect out of Turpin High School, and teammate of linebacker commit Luke Kelly, spoke on a variety of issues, including what it will be like to continue playing with Kelly at Miami.

When did you officially decide to come to Miami?
I called up Coach Smith and Coach Montgomery yesterday.

When had you made the decision in your head that Miami was the place you wanted to be?
I went on a visit two weeks ago, and when I went there I said to myself "I'm going here, this is amazing." The campus is amazing; the coaches are all really nice, very laid back.

What are some other factors that made you comfortable in your decision?
Well, definitely football, and when they showed me the campus, and it just felt like the right place. It felt like a place I belonged, it felt right.

What other schools did your decision come down to?
I had an offer from UC to play tight end, and an offer from Eastern Michigan to play receiver. It really came down to UC or Miami. I've played receiver my whole life, so I wanted to play receiver (in college). I felt like if I went to a MAC school, I wanted to go to Miami. You think of the MAC, you think of Miami. Miami's academics had a huge roll in it too.

In your last year of high school, what will you do to help you prepare for your time at Miami?
We're just trying to not lose one game. We went to the state final four last year, so this year we're obviously trying to take it one step further, by going to the state final game and winning it. It's not going to be easy, obviously, but we're going to try our hardest to get there.

(Writer's note: Cruse and Luke Kelly, his high school teammate and fellow Miami commit gave almost identical answers to this question.)

What is the biggest strength in your game that you will bring to Miami?
Probably my size. I'm 6'4 so I can go up and get the ball. I've also got pretty good hands.

Are there any improvements you want to make over the course of your senior year?
Definitely. If you look at my highlight film from last year, I had 14 touchdowns, but all of them were pretty much deep posts. I had already passed the defense so I just ran in the end zone. This year I want to catch screens and actually make people miss. Where I need to improve is catching the ball short, making people miss, and gaining more yards after the catch.

Have the Miami coaches given you an idea of where you will fit into the system? As a backside receiver. At Miami, its three by one on the backside, I think that's their X, which is what we call it (at Turpin).

What does it mean for you to be coming to Miami with Luke Kelly, your high school teammate? It's pretty cool because me and Luke are really, really good friends. We've always been pretty close, so to play college football together is awesome.

Did Luke play a factor in your decision? Was it something you two discussed?
Yeah, we talked about being roommates and all that kind of stuff.


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