Spartan Prospect Breaks Out in Columbus

"I proved to myself that I could play defensive end if I needed to," he says of the recent camp at Ohio State. "But it also proved to me that I can play linebacker if needed because of my pursuit in the drills — it was all about pursuit and pass coverage."

Alex Andrus is still waiting for his first offer, which his coach tells him may be coming soon from Central Michigan.

In years past, the big in-state schools might have jumped on board already; however, with coaches barred from events like last weekend's skills camp at Ohio State, Andrus says a player such as himself, a tweener linebacker/defensive end athlete, suffers.

"It's hard for a guy that's going to have a position issue," Andrus says. "I think I compare it to what Shamari Benton is going through. He's a linebacker, but he's (being recruited as) a safety."

No worries for Andrus, though. With Purdue hard on his heels as a defensive end and both Michigan State and Michigan still in pursuit, his break should come soon.

"It's going to have to come down to (one-day) camp, and if I perform well at defensive end, I think I'll get the offer at defensive end at Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Indiana — wherever I go," he says.

Which is mildly disappointing to the middle linebacker from Coopersville, who rather enjoys being a primary communicator on the field.

"The middle linebacker in our (Cooperville's) defense is — I'm the leader of the defense, I'm the quarterback of the defense," he says. "At defensive end I don't feel less important, but I feel like I'm just pinning my ears back and going."

Last weekend provided him with some experience and he's confident in his ability to excel regardless of position.

"I proved to myself that I could play defensive end if I needed to," he says of the recent camp in Columbus. "But it also proved to me that I can play linebacker if needed because of my pursuit in the drills — it was all about pursuit and pass coverage."

The camp itself focused on pass defense and footwork, but getting a true read on a prospect's ability to roam behind the line takes a little bit of contact.

"I think that you can't really drill a linebacker without pads on to see if he's a linebacker," Andrus says.

Andrus will be hitting the Midwest camping circuit soon, beginning with Indiana then moving onto, among others, Purdue, CMU, and UM, then ending in East Lansing.

"That'll be my last camp," he says. "I'm glad it's late, because I'll be in my best shape and I'll be prepared to run all those drills."


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