His Recruiting Story:
Andrew David was the first player to commit to Michigan’s 2015 class. He has been committed to U-M since June, 2013. While he originally a commit under former coach Brady Hoke, David stayed with his commitment throughout U-M’s coaching search. His commitment to the Wolverines never wavered, and solidified his commitment to Michigan further once Jim Harbaugh was hired as its new coach in late December.
“To kick at the highest level successfully, it's more than just having a strong leg, and there's no question David has that. Kicking for Massillon, he was exposed to kicking under pressure at an early age and he succeeded wonderfully. After having an off year as a junior due to various injuries, many people were anxious to see how David would respond as a senior.
“He made several clutch kicks throughout the year, including field goals on successive weeks that led to wins over Massillon Perry and Canton GlenOak. Included among his longest field goals were ones from 48, 49 and a school record 58 yard effort. His kickoffs routinely sail into the end zone, and he punted for nearly a 40-yard average this past season. David is also a solid athlete, and has played quarterback for Massillon. He is also an excellent baseball player.– Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene
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Special Teams coach John Baxter:
"I was really impressed with coach [Greg] Mattison's evaluation of him and the recruiting process that went on to secure him. We are really excited about the future with Andrew. He is technically very sound, beyond what you normally see from a player his age. The fact that he kicked a 58-yard field goal in a game in Massillon, Ohio, which is non-altitude, is impressive, because there are thousands of players who have played at the college level that don't have that type of range. We look forward to the future with Andrew and what he brings to the table."
"I've waited for this all my life and this is my lifelong dream. I grew up a Michigan kid, and now I'm going to grow up to be a Michigan man. How much better can it be? I was there this past weekend and I kicked for the coaches. They put me through a workout and liked what they saw." – Andrew David
It’s always shaky with kickers, but David clearly has the leg to compete for the first team reps at kicker this season. The job will be open for competition, and nobody would be shocked if he won the job in fall camp.