Tuesday Will Be Big for Andrades, Notre Dame

Lincoln High (Tallahassee, Fla.) receiver Raph Andrades has a big few days approaching. He is visiting Arkansas this weekend, and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin will be at his school next week. Andrades spoke to IrishEyes.com about where the Irish stand in his recruitment, his timetable for a decision, and what he is hearing from Notre Dame lately.

Receiver Raph Andrades of Lincoln High (Tallahassee, Fla.) will have a much clearer picture of where Notre Dame sits in his recruitment Tuesday, and the Irish will also get a better look at where they stand with Andrades.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Andrades, who was being recruited by former Irish assistant Tim Hinton, will meet with new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin on Tuesday.

It will come two days after Andrades returns from an official visit to Arkansas. Kentucky (Dec. 2 visit) and Vanderbilt are also in his final four, and the Irish are the only school not to offer from the group. He has an official visit set to South Bend, Ind., the weekend of Jan. 27.

"I'm looking for positive things, obviously," Andrades said. "It's just getting to know each other because I was talking to coach Hinton and he left for Ohio State, so I have to get to know the other coaches. I know it happens. It's part of life. You have to deal with it.

"It is a little different, but it's just something you have to adjust to."

Andrades' chances to land an offer from the Irish seem to have increased greatly in the last few weeks because of developments with other receivers.

Notre Dame missed out on Jordan Payton (Cal commit) and Jordan Westerkamp (Nebraska commit), and are looking to bring one more receiver into the class.

"That's where my part comes in," Andrades said. "They were talking to me the other day and they didn't get those guys, so that's why I fall into place."

Andrades added he wasn't being pressured by other schools to make a decision.

"It's just going to come when it comes," Andrades said. "We'll see when it happens. I just have a few weeks left before I make a decision."

During his Arkansas visit, Andrades is looking for several things.

"I'm just looking for a place that feels like home, and a place I could see myself for college," he said. "I will look a lot (at offenses). You don't want to go to a place like Georgia Tech, where they run the ball a lot and they don't throw to the receivers.

"We ran all types of offensive schemes at my school, so no, I don't care (about pro-style vs. spead)."

As a senior, Andrades made 42 catches for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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