Andrews Ends Speculation

Monsignor Pace High School's Quinton Andrews ended the suspense on Sunday by making public his verbal commitment to West Virginia, which he had made to the Mountaineer coaches a couple of weekends before.

"I committed to them during my visit, but I told the coaches I wanted to keep it a secret," Quinton Andrews told Allen Wallace of "I realized finally that Florida just wasn't interested anymore."

In his interview with, Andrews said that even if Florida had called later to schedule a visit, he probably wouldn't have gone.

"By that point, I probably wouldn't have taken the visit to Florida anyway," Andrews said. "I liked getting to know the coaches and players at West Virginia, and I felt pretty solid with them."

Like many of the defensive backs in this year's West Virginia class, Andrews will have the chance to avoid a redshirt and see time as a true freshman. He admitted that "getting to play as quickly as possible," was another key component in his decision, and also revealed that he might get the chance to play on both sides of the ball.

"The coaches told me they would start me out at safety and then maybe work me in as a receiver later on," Andrews said. "That's good with me – I want to learn the safety position first. Then later on I can work some at wide receiver.

"I'm not concerned about getting worn down," the Miami, Fla. native said. "I've played both ways in high school, and I'm sure I can continue to do that in college.

Andrews, who took his visit to West Virginia on January 14, said that the friendliness of the people he met on his visit was also a factor in his choice.

"I really liked the way all the students and people knew me and acted toward me," the two-way standout said. "They called me by name and knew who I was.

"The facilities were something I had never seen before," he added. "I like the way you can do everything right there in one building (the Puskar Center)."

Fellow Floridian Jahmile Addae hosted Andrews, a computer engineering major, on his visit.

"I had seen him play before, but this was the first time I had met him," Andrews said of Addae. "He was cool. He showed me around and answered my questions, and we had a good time.

"It helps to have guys from the home state and my home area going to West Virginia," Andrews continued. "I'll have some guys that I can talk with, and that know what it's like to be from Miami and from Florida."

West Virginia has gotten back into Florida with a bang in this class, and expects to sign at least six players from that state next Wednesday.

Andrews, who is awaiting the results from an SAT taken on January 22, is playing basketball for Pace, but will likely pass up the spring track season in order to begin preparing for fall camp in August.

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