Dade County star waiting for favorites to offer

Most high school football players would be content sitting on five offers, this early in the process. Unless, you are a 1st Team All-Dade County and 2nd Team All-State 3A selection. Or, if your favorites in this case (Miami, Ohio State, NC State, Michigan, Kansas State, and Pittsburgh) aren't included amongst the first five offers.

S/WR Quinton Andrews (6-0, 190, 4.45) of Monsignor Pace High School is a big time blue chip prospect and in any other state except Florida would more than likely be a legitimate Top 5 player. South Florida is always loaded with exceptional athletes and this year is no different. Andrews caught 26 passes for 735 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Quinton's stats are very impressive. The ironic thing is that he may be even better on defense. During his junior campaign, he was in on 128 tackles, 12 TFL, 2 FF, 4 INT, and defended 13 passes. Andrews is receiving the most interest as a safety prospect.

"On defense, I feel like I am a mixture of Ed Reed, Sean Taylor, and Ray Lewis. I am an aggressive player. I like to talk a little bit and I love to come up and hit people. I am a good cover corner/athlete like Champ Bailey," said Andrews.

"On offense, I think I am a mix between Hines Ward and Terrell Owens. I block like Ward and I play the game with passion like Owens, but I run routes like Jerry Rice."

Andrews has offers from East Carolina, Tulane, Iowa, Rutgers, and SMU. He has been to the Nike Combine and the MSL/Insiders Combine, both at Miami. We asked Quinton to compare the two combines for us.

"The Nike Combine is big because it's been around for a while longer. I honestly thought the better quality of the two was the MSL/Insiders Combine. The MSL was run like the NFL Combine. I really liked that. As a matter of fact, I'm going to see if I can go to the one in New Jersey also, when I take an unofficial trip to Rutgers."

Quinton also has some skill on the hardwood as well. He plays the two-guard for the Spartans and averaged 10 PPG this past season. The spring track season has concluded. Quinton ran the 200 and the 4x100 relay. His best time in the 200 was 20.3.

Monsignor Pace finished the 2003 season with a record of 12-3 and returns some key starters to the mix this year. Andrews ran a 4.51 at the Nike Combine in Miami, but says he has been consistently timed in the 4.4 range. He benches 265 lbs. and squats 405 lbs. In the classroom, he has a 2.5 GPA and is slated to take the SAT test in June.


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