Tall 4-star WR intrigued by Cougs

QUARTERBACKS LIKE BIG targets -- and this 4-star prospect for 2014 takes the cake. Though he might not eat it. A 6-6 wideout from Scottsdale, he holds offers from WSU and a host of others, and says he's "very intrigued" with Wazzu. He's so good that Tyler Bruggman is talking about getting in his ear. Adding to the story is the fact the big receiver relies on an insulin pump to keep himself alive.

Mark Andrews out of Desert Mountain High is one impressive target at 6-6 and 220 pounds. Listed as the biggest wideout prospect in the Scout.com database for 2014, Andrews possesses superior ball skills and figures to make an immediate impact in college.

And Andrews is no stranger to the power of the Air Raid system.

"It's really intriguing to me," Andrews said. "The coaches told me they like to spread it around and I really like that."

ANDREWS LOOKS TO BE the prototypical H-slot receiver for the Air Raid offense. Leach experimented with tight end Andrei Lintz at the position in 2012, but injuries and other factors skills held him back from securing the position. But Andrews looks to potentially be a perfect fit there. He's an established wideout with gaudy numbers to boot.

As a sophomore, Andrews hauled in 58 balls, totaling 1,058 yards and added ten touchdowns in the process. But that was only the beginning.

As a junior this past season, Andrews caught 81 balls for almost 1,600 yards. On top of that, the enormous target brought in 21 touchdowns.

WITH SUCH COLORFUL numbers, it's almost unfathomable to think a player of his caliber could perform at such a high level, relying on an insulin pump to merely keep him alive.

At just nine-years-old, Andrews was diagnosed with Type I juvenile diabetes.

With his pancreas unable to produce insulin, Andrews relies on an insulin pump hooked up to a catheter in his hip to keep him moving.

Cautious and well-aware of the risks diabetes holds, Andrews and team trainers continually check his blood sugar levels in-game.

IN SEARCHING FOR the right fit for college, Andrews said he's open to anyone and everyone. He's looking for a friendly college town and plans to study engineering. Washington State is routinely ranked in the top 50 engineering schools in the world by Business Week magazine.

"Academics are really important to me," Andrews said. "I'm looking for an atmosphere where I can fit in and feel comfortable."

Andrews holds at least 20 offers already and says his plans for scheduling visits are still very much in the air. He's scheduled to take an official to Oklahoma March 9, but beyond that, nothing is set in stone.

"I have to sift everything with Washington State first and figure out my plans," Andrews said. "The coaches seem really, really nice. I can tell they're really good people. It was a big-time offer to get."

New Coug and fellow Arizona product Bruggman said he doesn't know Andrews personally, but said he's seen his skillset first-hand at some 7-on-7 drills.

"He's a really talented guy," Bruggman said. "I'm sure I'll be in his ear along with a couple other guys to get them out to Pullman."

Bruggman added that Andrews' high school is only about 30 minutes outside of his home, and was disappointed he didn't have the chance to see him in action during his high school career.

Andrews said he has a ton of respect for Bruggman and his skillset, adding that having him in the fold certainly doesn't hurt Washington State's chances.

"Just having a guy like that up there is intriguing in itself," Andrews said. "He's got a great skillset. He's a really talented kid. He'd be fun to play with."

Andrews added that the Arizona connection wouldn't play a role in his decision, instead he will take a more measured approach in choosing his college landing spot.

Andrews was named by AZCentral as the Arizona ‘Big Schools' Football Player of the Year award in 2012, an award given to the top player in Arizona divisions I-III schools.

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