Mark Andrews was excited to see Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week and the 2014 receiver was even more excited to learn that Elliott had offered him a scholarship.
“I saw him that day and he talked to my coach and gave him the good news,” said Andrews. “It’s obviously very exciting. They’re obviously a very good program with a lot of tradition and good academics. Overall, I’m very excited about the offer.”
Andrews adds the Irish to a list that already included Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, UCLA, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Oregon State among several others. He’s looking forward to potentially visiting South Bend.
“It’s definitely something I’m going to have to see,” he said. “I’ll try to get there for an unofficial and see what they’re all about.
“Right now, I’m in basketball season. After basketball season, I want to try to make it out to some schools. I don’t know where I’m going to go yet, but I’m still in the process of figuring that out.”
Andrews doesn’t has a list of favorites at this point.
“I really haven’t started to narrow it down,” he said. “I’m trying to look more seriously into it now that the season is over, but I haven’t narrowed anything down as of yet.”
Andrews is looking for the opportunity to play college football on a big stage.
“It’s not something that I’m going to base my decision off of, but I’m definitely looking for something big,” he said. “I definitely see myself playing on a big stage.”
But, as he said, other factors will play a role as well.
“Academics are huge,” he said. “Then it goes from the coaches I interact with, where I see myself fitting in with the offense and where I feel at home.”
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Andrews has a strong preference on playing receiver over tight end, but is focused on his role more than a label.
“I’m definitely looking to play wide receiver or like the type of player Tyler Eifert is,” he said. “That type of role would be fine, but I’m definitely a wide receiver.
“If I’m split out most of the time, that’s definitely fine. I just feel it suits me. I’m not a blocking type as a tight end. I definitely possess the skills of a wide receiver. Catching the ball, getting in space and putting a move on someone is definitely one of my strong suits.”
Andrews’ frame gives him a distinct advantage on the edge.
“I think it’s very hard for corners to match up with someone so big,” he said. “It definitely helps being tall, fast and being a little bit bigger and stronger than a cornerback to get the advantage.”