Mark Andrews has wanted to get to Notre Dame since the Irish offered him last fall and while the 2014 Arizona wide receiver had to delay his trip a couple weeks, he’ll be getting to South Bend soon.
“I was supposed to come up on April 6th, but that didn’t work for my parents,” Andrews said. “I kind of switched everything and I decided I would go to see Ohio State and Michigan before.”
So the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be at Notre Dame for the Irish’s spring game on April 20th.
“I’m definitely excited, I’m very excited to get there,” he said. “I’m definitely excited to see the campus and everything there. I just want to observe and that sort of thing is what I’m most excited about.”
Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott is in charge of recruiting the state of Arizona for the Irish and has kept in regular contact with Andrews over the last few months.
“I have been talking with Notre Dame about twice a week,” Andrews said. “They really see me as someone who can be versatile for them in their offense whether it be splitting out wide or coming inside and that sort of thing where they can match me up against a corner or a linebacker.”
Andrews grew up an Oklahoma fan and his brother goes to school there. He visited Norman for the first time last weekend and enjoyed himself. He’s looking forward to making several other visits in the future as well.
“I want to go out to California to visit USC and UCLA,” he said. “I want to go to Texas to visit UT and Texas A&M, but I don’t know those dates. I don’t know for sure the schools I’m going to see, but I definitely want to see some more schools.”
Andrews has no current favorites, “It’s definitely wide open.”
And he isn’t in a hurry to make a commitment.
“I’m just taking it slow,” he said. “I’m not in any rush. I’m going to make my decision when I feel comfortable and that’s not going to be for a while.”
He admits he’s not even completely sure what he’s looking for in a school, but that’s what the trips are for.
“It’s definitely going to help me see what I’m looking for and being able to decipher what it is I really want in a school. It’s not going to make my decision, but it’s definitely going to help me determine what I’m really looking for. When I go there, I want to see how genuine the coaches are and the campus.
“Academics are going to be big for me and just where I feel comfortable and where I could see myself living for the next four years.”