Recruiting Update - Eric Andino

Buffalo Grove, IL linebacker Eric Andino is an impressive player on film (clips are available in the Bucknuts Video Library). Andino has several offers; Ohio State is not one of them, but he is still interested in the Buckeyes. We had a chance to talk to him and find out more.

Eric Andino of Buffalo Grove HS (IL) is an All-State LB who is the owner of a notable list of offers and is looking forward to making an even greater impression this his senior season.

Andino has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Kansas, Boston College, Northern Illinois, and Toledo. He camped at Wisconsin and Indiana this summer and is interested in Ohio State but was unable to attend camp.

"Coaches at camp compliment my quickness from my stance at the line of scrimmage," explains this three-year varsity starter. "I am a hardnosed player. I go after everything I see and fill my gaps. I love playing football, love hitting and roaming sideline-to-sideline running down players. I just fulfill my duties."

At 6'4", 230 lbs, Andino has good LB size, and is being recruited as a LB for the college level, with the exception of a couple programs putting him at the DE position. Andino is a smart player and the strongest component of his game is his run defense. "The best thing I can bring to a college team is knowledge of the position and the ability to play and read the run defense to fill the gaps," says Andino.

Andino admits he needs to work some on his pass coverages and says learning drop ability and pass coverage techniques were the most beneficial aspects of the LB position he learned at camps this summer.

"I learned that I need to open up my eyes more on drop coverages and look behind me more," explains Andino. "I need to make sure my zone is covered and the tight end is not coming across. I need to make sure no one behind me is free and my zone is not open to any wide receivers in front of or behind me," says Andino.

Andino says he has enjoyed the recruiting process despite all the traveling. "I like talking to coaches and hearing what they have to say about me, what think about me, and how I play," says Andino.

Some of the factors playing into his decision include academics, athletics, and how soon he will be able to play. However, Andino says he won't mind waiting until his sophomore year if he is red-shirted.

Earning All-State honors has been his greatest accomplishment as a player and this achievement got the wheels of recruiting rolling in full motion. He recorded 125 tackles and 3 interceptions last season. A state title has eluded Andino and the Buffalo Grove Bison, losing to the Prospect Knights two years in a row in the state semi-finals.

In addition to winning the state title, Andino hopes to break the record for tackles at Buffalo Grove (296) and is in good position to attain this goal with his tackle total already in the lower 200 range. He would also like to earn All-State honors again and hopefully All-American honors as well.

Eric Andino is a smart, physical player with good range. For his senior season, fans can expect a great follow up performance to his All-State junior season, and more scholarship offers are inevitable as the 2003 season gets underway.

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