With a shotgun passing offense, finding a quality center every few years is a must for SMU. At 6'2, 295 pounds, Missouri product Andrew Ness already has the size to play at the college level. It's why schools have noticed the junior.
"I would say right now SMU and Rice stand out to me. They have both offered and academically they are both great schools," stated Ness to PonyStampede.com when asked to reflect about his current favorites. "I really liked both schools when I was down there. The campuses were great and both of the coaching staffs were really good. I would say I really like both offensive line coaches. I'm looking for a place with great academics and coaches that I get a long with. "
Ness, who was All-Conference 1st team in football and also competes in track and wrestling.
"I wrestled this year. This was my first, but I did pretty well." said Ness who recorded 22 wins as a junior while making 2nd team All-MCC wrestling squad. "It was a good experience and I use a lot of what I do on the football field with it."
Like many Midwest schools, Missouri does not hold high school spring practices. The wait for football activities has Ness excited about camps this summer.
"I'm really looking forward to traveling. I just hate the driving parts. I'm really looking forward to being able to legally hit someone again," said the 2011 center. "I'm going to camp at Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan State, and Wisconsin."
When at SMU, Ness visited with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm. The former NFL starter had more than a positive effect on the center.
"I feel honored to be offered by him, especially because he played in the NFL and knows what it takes to get there. It's really a honor," said Ness. "He told me that one interesting statistic while I was down there. IN the last eight years, every center but one under Coach Jones has gone on to the NFL. That seems pretty impressive."
At this point, the NFL is a long way off for Ness, but it is still in the back of his mind as a possibility some day.
"It's one of those things that if Get there great, if not, it's why I'm going to a great school. So I can get a great job," said the 2011 SMU offeree. "I'm looking to major in business or something to do with sports."