Andy Nations' recruiting profile
One of the key components to the upswing comes from the shoulders of Andy Nations. Andy could be considered a utility player. He starts at nose guard, but plays anywhere from OT to TE to FB on offense.
Andy has attended Ole Miss' and USM's Jr Days. We called to see how his visits went.
Andy Nations Profile
Height: 6' 7"
40 time: 5.4
From: Pascagoula, MS
High School: Pascagoula (5A)
The following information was revealed during our interview with Andy Nations:
Which position are you being recruited for on the next level? "Either offensive line or defensive line. Mostly offensive line though."
What are your strengths as a football player? "My leadership skills and hard work."
Physically, what are your strengths? "I work hard, stay in it, and always play with my motor going 100%."
What are you working on for the next level? "My speed and conditioning."
Where did you camp at last summer? "I did not go to any."
Are you going to attend any camps this summer? "I plan on going to Ole Miss' offensive line camp. That is the only one I have paid for so far."
How long have you been starting for Pascagoula? "For two years."
Which position did you start at last season? "Nose guard, but I played some offensive tackle, tight end, and fullback too."
What were your stats for the season? "I do not know."
Did you garner any awards? "I was named All-Region and won the Slobber Knocker Award for our team. That goes to the person who hits the hardest."
What are your expectations for your senior campaign? "We look pretty good. Our starting fullback weighs 295, Alfred Robinson. He is a big boy. Tough as nails. Our offense will be brand new, but we are running the same defense."
What are your personal goals? "I just want to play hard, and be in the best shape of my life, so I will be as good in the 4th quarter as the 1st quarter. I want to hit harder and run faster than anybody else."
Where will you play next season? "I will start at nose guard, and they are going to play me more at offensive tackle than they have in the past. They will put me in at fullback too."
Which colleges are recruiting you the hardest? "Ole Miss and USM. USM has been sending me a lot of stuff. I went to one of their football games last fall and to their Jr Day. I went to Ole Miss' Jr Day too. Mom said Mississippi State and LSU have been calling me a lot lately, but I have not made contact with them yet."
What did you learn about USM during your visits? "They called me during the season. Their Jr Day was held on the Sunday after the game. They seemed OK. They were not as pumped up as the Ole Miss staff. The Ole Miss staff seemed like they could kick anybody's but right now. USM's was not like that."
What did you learn about Ole Miss during your visit? "They have a great complex. Their facilities are the best I have seen so far. Their new staff is just so pumped up about their program. They are hyped up about next year and who they are bringing in. Coach O, I can see why he was named the National Recruiter of the Year. I do not know how to explain it, he makes you want to put on your pads and go to war when you are around him. He would be a lot of fun to play for."
Who are some other schools you are interested in? "Ole Miss, USM, and LSU mostly. Out of them, it would be Ole Miss."
What attracts you to LSU? "I got to know the LSU assistant last year when he would come to see me at school. My mom and dad have talked to him a bunch too, but since Saban left, I have not heard anything from them. They just write me and stuff."
What will you be looking for when it comes decision time? "A good football team. It all counts, but somewhere I can get a good education so I can move on with my life after I get through playing football. But I will not lie, the football team will be the main thing."
What is your academic status? "I have a 2.8 GPA and I should be getting in my ACT score pretty soon."