Cougs offer dominating, ‘aw, shucks' OT

WITH A VETERAN offensive line in 2011, the Cougs are in the market for o-linemen in the '12 class. Washington State is the first to have offered a Sacramento-area offensive tackle prospect who dominated the competition his junior season. Three other Pac-12 schools have since followed suit. His junior film, meanwhile, is a feast for fans who enjoy hard nosed play in the trenches.

Gavin Andrews out of Granite Bay, Calif. says the Cougars liked his size (6-6) and athleticism, among other traits.

"They're rebuilding their program after it had been (down) and they decided to take the long route, and not just go for all JC players. They're going to recruit high schools. (Area recruiter) Coach Sears is a cool guy, he's up front, tells you the truth and doesn't try to hide anything," said Andrews.

Andrews was a dominant force his junior season, and he weighed about 330 pounds. He dropped 40 of those over about three months time while wrestling for Granite Bay High, a sport in which he also excels. Strength numbers include a 500 pounds squat and a 245 pound clean.

Since WSU has offered Andrews, he's received offers from Arizona, Boise State, Colorado and Utah. Others he's hearing from include Cal, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.

"(WSU and others) have all seen my film and like how aggressive I am, I've got a little mean streak on the field, (they like) how I can get down there and do work," said Andrews.

His "coachability" also looks to have played a part in his WSU offer.

"I'm an "aw, shucks" kind of guy and I think they liked that, too. I won't take credit when it's not due. I can realize what I've done wrong and correct it," said Andrews.

Andrews said he plans to take his time, with official visits during the season and with a decision more likely to be made after his senior campaign.

He recently had some minor knee surgery that will keep him out of action for spring ball and most summer camps, though he might try to do a one-day camp close to home later in the summer depending on how quickly his knee recovers. He is expected to be 100 percent by the time the season rolls around.

Andrews said distance will not be a factor in his decision, and that his mom will support him no matter where he chooses to go to college.

"I'm looking for a good school, a good team, a place where I can fit in," said Andrews.


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