Junior D-Lineman Doesn't Want To Wait

Upper Arlington defensive lineman Joey D'Andrea could be one of the better line prospects in the Midwest next year, and if he gets his wish, he won't be waiting long to make a decision. Read on to learn more about this prospect to watch for next year.

Upper Arlington High School has put out some fine linemen in the past (Simon Fraser, Tim Schafer), and the latest is junior DE/DT Joey D'Andrea.

D'Andrea (6-3, 235, 4.8) is an excellent prospect and should be a top 20 overall player in the state of Ohio next year. He is currently receiving attention from schools all over the Midwest.

"No offers yet," D'Andrea said. "All the Big 10 teams are sending mail."

D'Andrea has also received game tickets from Ohio State and Iowa and camped at Nike in Ann Arbor and the Midwest Elite camp. He turned in a 4.8 40 and a 4.4 pro shuttle at 235 pounds at those camps, along with an 8-5 long jump.

"I went to an Ohio State game," he said. I wanted to go to more but could not make arrangements. BC sent me tickets too. I could not make arrangements to get up there. Indiana, Duke and Marshall have been trying to get me down for games."

Interestingly, D'Andrea seems very adamant about keeping his recruiting process short.

"I would like to get it over with if the right schools offer," he said. "If Ohio State waits and a school like BC would offer early, I would think hard about an early verbal."

What will be the determining factors in the decision?

"As far as what will be the determining factor in committing is concerned, I really have to like the environment," he said. "I need to be comfortable since I will be there for four years."

D'Andrea has played all over the front seven for Upper Arlington, including linebacker.

"I played rush linebacker," he said. "Mostly, I attacked but I did play in coverage some times. Mostly I was in a three-point stance but sometimes I was standing up. I played some at DT. I like playing outside but tackle is fine with me. I am more comfortable.

"We were learning a new system so it took some time to get settled in.  I had 13 sacks and 12 tackles for loss this year."

Right now, he is focused on training.

"I am in the weight room every day," he said. "I am working at MaxSports to improve my speed."

D'Andrea was rated as the No. 9 prospect in the very talented class of Ohio juniors in the last issue of Ohio High magazine.

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