Time well spent in Tempe for Andrews

Time well spent in Tempe for Andrews

Prior engagements prevented Mark Andrews from attending the two previous Junior Day events at Arizona State, which is why the four-star wide receiver decided to head down to Tempe and meet with the Sun Devil staff on Monday afternoon. The local Scottsdale Desert Mountain standout was ultimately happy with the timing and the setting of today's unofficial visit.

"I really had a good time there," Andrews said of his Arizona State visit. "I've been there before but I wanted to go down there and really build a relationship with the coaches and the staff. It was a relaxed atmosphere because I had a chance to sit down and really get to know them and be comfortable with them. You don't always get to do that with other coaches.

"I met with Coach Graham, Coach Norvell and Coach Alexander individually. I got to see where they envisioned me in their offense and it was exciting to see that. They talked about what this program is already turning into and what it can become. They definitely have done some good things here. You see the discipline, and just doing all the little things right to be successful. They are definitely turning around this program." The 6-6 220-pound Mark Andrews has been catching the attention of numerous suitors ever since his sophomore campaign where he caught 58 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 TDs. As a junior the wide receiver Mark Andrews was named the state's player of the year by the Arizona Republic as he collected 81 catches, 1,494 yards and 21 touchdowns.

"Coach Alexander showing me what the wide receivers can do in this offense, it's just great stuff," Andrews described. "The offense always looks to spread out the defense and they want me to be a deep threat going against smaller defensive backs and creating mismatches.

"I really think they run an amazing scheme and they have an explosive offense. Their coaches are very good in getting their players open and putting them in positions to make plays."

While Andrews certainly has the physical frame to play as a tight end at the collegiate level, the Desert Mountain star said that throughout the recruiting process none of the schools have discussed that option with him.

"With Arizona State that has never come up," Andrews said. "I rather play wide receiver because I want the ball in my hands as much as possible to make plays. I feel that the wide receiver position is the best for me."

Andrews sports close to 20 offers from BCS conference schools from coast to coast. While he is not giving less consideration for programs located a considerable distance from the Valley of the Sun, he is cognizant of the advantages that playing for the hometown school holds.

"For me and probably for most kids in-state right now it's good to see a program that is on the rise and close to home," the wide receiver said of ASU. "Being close to your parents and just people that you know is a good thing.

"Being that they (ASU) are so close I can see myself checking out some of their spring practices and visiting them again."

Being one of the most coveted prospects not only in the state of Arizona but also in the entire Western region, Andrews claimed that he is still able to take all aspects of recruiting in stride and realizing his good fortune.

"I still enjoy the recruiting process a ton and it's a very humbling experience," Andrews commented. "I'm not taking anything for granted because this is easily a blessing. I couldn't ask for anything more and I'm still enjoying it and very humbled by that. I'm not overwhelmed by it."

A wide receiver's production is largely reliant on the play of his signal caller, and Andrews has been lucky to have a fellow four-star prospect, quarterback Kyle Allen, as his high school teammate. As one of the most explosive QB-WR duos in this region, the question of whether the tandem would like to join forces in college is one that has been brought up often.

"It's definitely one of those things where if it happens it happens and if it doesn't it doesn't," Andrews said. "Going to the same college will be just the cherry on top and not something we're are going to decide ahead of time.

"I'm not going to make a decision before my senior year is over. I'm definitely going to take my time and visits before deciding anything."

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