Andreas Shields "I'm glad to be part of it"

One of the Bulls early commits Andreas Shields made his official visit to Tampa this weekend. Read on for all the details of the Wharton tight end's visit to USF. Only on

Andreas Shields Profile


Tight end Andreas Shields from Wharton high school was the second recruit to commit to USF back in may. Recently, the 6'6 tight end was named the 16th best prospect in the Tampa Bay area by the Times, and this past weekend the future Bull took his official visit to Tampa to see where he'll be playing ball at the next level. 

"It went really well, it was a real good time," said Shields. ‘I really enjoyed meeting the players and the other recruits who were in."


Even though most of the weekend visitors came in Friday, Andreas didn't make it in until Saturday


 "I had a basketball game Friday so I didn't get in until Saturday. During the day we went out to eat, saw the campus, checked out the dorms, then went to the banquet. After that I pretty much hung with the players, they took me to a club and everybody had a real good time."


During the weekend visit, the 6'6-210 pound tight end was hosted by USF freshman receiver Dontavia Bogan.


"I never met him before, but we had a good time," said Shields. "He's real down to earth and very easy to talk to."


Andreas also got a chance to hang out with the other recruits who were also visiting this weekend.


"It was great meeting them all. I spent a lot of the time with my roommate, the cornerback from Miami, George Baker. We talked about school, football, and all that kind of stuff. I also got to talk with the kid from Miami Northwestern Tommy Streeter. They were both real cool and seemed to have a real good time. They also said USF was at the top of their lists."


Besides the guys that were uncommitted, Andreas also got to meet a portion of his of his future classmates


"I talk with Jeff Hawkins from Vanguard for awhile, he's a great guy. I also met the defensive tackle Cory Grissom, and the QB Evan Landi, their both pretty cool and we all talked about coming in together and got a chance to bond."


The centerpiece of the weekend was the Bulls annual banquet at Busch Gardens which got rave reviews from all that attended.


"The banquet was nice, watching those highlights was awesome, it makes you want to put on pads and play some football."


Throughout the weekend Shields also spent a lot of time talking with Leavitt and the other coaches.


"I talked with all the coaches really. There all very cool to me not just my position coach and coordinator but all of them. We talked about school, and my next four years at USF, stuff like that."


With a weekend full of activities what was the future Bull's favorite part?


"My favorite part was definitely when the players took you out. It really lets you know what it like is to be on campus from their perspective."


Although Andreas has been to USF to watch the team play, and says he knew a lot about the school, he did say he got to learn something about the team that he didn't know.


"Everybody is so cool to you, no attitudes or anything like that. I didn't think there would be, but once you meet everybody, you see how close and easy going everyone is. It's something that you want to be a part of."


Now that the season is over, Shields is playing forward for the Wharton basketball team, and plans on attending some of the Bulls spring practices and knows what he wants to work on before getting to campus.


"I'm going to lift a lot of weights. I lost some weight playing basketball. I'll go to some of the practices this spring, and also plan on getting over there and lifted weights, get a jump on things, I want to come in around 230 pounds."

Even though Shields knew a lot about the program already, how did he rate his official visit to the Bulls?

 "How do I rate it? Excellent, I had a great time. I've only taken the one visit, but when I was talking to the other people. They all said the USF visit was one of the best visit they've taken. They liked their other visits but didn't enjoy any of them as much as they did the USF visit."

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