With the return to a pro style offense in Ann Arbor, the need for tall, athletic outside receivers is an increasing priority on the recruiting trail. 2014 WR Mark Andrews out of Scottsdale, Arizona is a recent recipient of a Wolverine offer and at 6'5, 210 pounds, he certainly fits the profile.
"It was about two weeks ago during spring ball," Andrews told GoBlueWolverine. "The tight end coach (Coach Ferrigno) came down and said he really liked me. He told my coach that they'd like to offer me. So they offered me then and I just called him later that night and talked for a little while. He said he really likes my size, my speed, and he's excited to see me grow in the future. He said I have a lot of upside and he said he's excited to keep in touch."
Prior to the Michigan offer Andrews admits he didn't have an abundance of familiarity with what the Wolverines are all about.
"I know, obviously, that they're a great football program and they have a lot of tradition, but other than that I didn't know too much," said Andrews.
Although contact has been limited thus far, Andrews and Coach Ferrigno have had a chance to discuss the role he might play in the offense if he were to choose the Wolverines.
"He said kind of like an outside receiver and kind of like a hybrid type of player," said Andrews. "I don't want to be on the line too much but I definitely just want to be split out—that's basically what I want, is to be split out."
With such tremendous size for the wide receiver position and two years left in high school, Andrews is an early candidate for a possible move to the tight end position.
"I know some schools are going to want me to play tight end, but I primarily think I'm a wide receiver," Andrews said.
Andrews picked up offers from Arizona and Arizona State this spring, and the star from Desert Mountain High School plans to drop in on one of the in-state schools very soon.
"I'm in contact a lot with ASU and I'm going down to see their school in a couple days actually," said Andrews. "And U of A—I talk to them every couple of weeks or so. I like the close schools very much, but I'm keeping a very open mind and I have no real favorites right now. I'm not narrowing anything down."
Does Andrews plan to make a visit to Ann Arbor this summer?
"I have no set plans but I would definitely like to get out there," Andrews said. "They said I could come up for camp and just kind of see the school and everything like that."
For Andrews, the process of picking a school is still in the very early stages of development but the playmaking wide out is looking for that comfy feeling.
"I'm really big on academics, so academics are first. And then it's the coaches and the football program—where I see myself fitting in—and then just kind've where I'm comfortable," said Andrews.
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