Linebacker Has Offers - Names Favorites

Illinois linebacker Tom McAndrew is a solid football player and a solid student. McAndrew talks about his scholarship offers and he names seven schools that are at the top of his wish list.

Tom McAndrew, a 6-foot-5, 243-pound linebacker/tight end from Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West is a "Dandy Dozen" prospect in the Land of Lincoln.

McAndrew made a big impression on the varsity at the end of his freshman year.

"I was brought up to the varsity for the play-offs at the end of my freshman season." Tom McAndrew said.

"Coach wanted to set the tone for our first practice because we hadn't been in the play-offs for a few years. So we started out with the kicking game at the beginning of practice and I was just knocking everybody down.

"I was brought up to varsity as a sophomore, started every game at linebacker and was named defensive most valuable player."

Before his junior season, McAndrew was named team captain and he didn't disappoint. Tom had 86 tackles in 2003 and also had over 300 receiving yards from his tight end position.

Several schools have offered McAndrew a scholarship and even more schools have him at the top of their recruiting boards.

"I have offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Northwestern and Stanford." Mc Andrew said.

"My favorites are Boston College, Stanford, Northwestern, UCLA and Iowa. I don't plan on camping at all this summer. I'll probably just take some unofficial visits.

"To be honest with you, I'm completely open. Tennessee was just in this week and I really liked Coach Adkins. I've always liked Georgia but I haven't heard from them.

"I've heard that (Georgia head coach) Mark Richt is a Christian man who believes strongly in his faith and religion.

"I could see myself playing for Coach Richt. I'm just keeping all the doors open right now."

Tom McAndrew was named all-area as a junior. He carries a 5.6 GPA in the classroom and scored a 27 on his ACT.

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