Los Angeles (Calif.) sophomore defensive end Martin Andrus is the first D-I recruit from his high school in more than decade. But that accomplishment goes further.
Thursday, Andrus was offered a scholarship by USC after attending the
Trojans spring practice at the Coliseum. Andrus’ first two scholarship
offers are now from USC and UCLA, which is a rare feat in recruiting.
“This was actually my second time watching USC practice,” said Andrus.
“When I came up there, I had no idea they were going to offer me a
“It was actually before practice I met the defensive line coach, Coach
(Chris) Wilson. He came up to me and said they were going to offer. I
was just excited. I didn’t know what to say.
“I told my mom and dad. My dad was really happy, although I haven’t
even seen him yet because I’m just getting back from campus.
“Then during practice Coach (Steve) Sarkisian came over and talked to
me. It changed things watching practice. I was really paying attention
to the drills and the key points the coaches were using.
“I spoke to Coach Wilson after practice and he seems like a cool guy.”
Wilson’s message to Andrus after practice was simple.
“He said he liked my film and that he believed that I could be a good
player for them one day,” said Andrus. “I’m very interested in USC. I
like the facilities, the coaching staff and USC is close to home, which
is good. That will be something that will play a big factor in my
Andrus actually grew up following UCLA football, although that
allegiance doesn’t seem to hold much weight at this point in his life.
“I just liked UCLA growing up,” said Andrus. “I can’t really explain
why, I just did. But I’m open. I’m going up to Washington a visit
pretty soon. I think they’re going to offer me soon, so I’m looking
forward to seeing them.”
While Andrus already has the two scholarship offers most local Los
Angeles area recruits covet, he is no where near making any longterm
decisions on colleges.
“I’m talking my time and not really thinking about recruiting until my
senior year,” said Andrus. “Maybe not my senior year, but right now I’m
chilling and talking things slow.”
Andrus gets offered
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