You could say that Mark Andrews towers over the competition. Literally. And now Oklahoma has signed the massive wide receiver from Arizona.
Andrews announced his commitment on Twitter on Friday:
ESPN's Erik McKinney provided more details:
Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) knew that for whatever school he committed to, it would be as a wide receiver...
... 'I am going as a wide receiver, 100 percent. They see me going up for jump balls, being a deep threat and being about to high-point the ball. They want me to create mismatches against a smaller cornerback or motion inside to utilize my speed to create a mismatch against a linebacker.'
Andrews is a very big receiver, measuring in at 6'6" and 225 pounds. In the past he was actually scouted as a tight end, but he's impressed with his athleticism enough that most scouts now see him as a wide receiver at the next level.
'I got a really good sense today of where exactly they see me fitting in,' Andrews said. 'Throughout the process they never said tight end. I was always dealing with coach Norvell, who is an amazing guy and coach.'
He certainly made his mark at the position in high school. In the past two seasons, he's caught 139 passes for 2,648 yards and 32 touchdowns for Desert Mountain High.
That sort of production is why scouting site 247 Sports has him listed as a 4-star recruit, the No. 12 wide receiver prospect and the No. 3 recruit from the state of Arizona.
JC Shurburtt of 247 Sports provided the following scouting report on Andrews:
On film, he is elusive for a big player and said he loves to use his size and strength to out-muscle smaller defensive backs. Andrews could end up being similar to current Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans but has the potential to be more productive. He's more athletic and fast than people give him credit for. Andrews also has only scratched the surface of his potential. He just completed his third season of football—ever—as he did not play the sport until his freshman year.
Oh, and if you had any doubts about his athleticism, consider the following tweet from Richard Obert of AZCentral.com during the basketball season this year:
I'll say it now, Desert Mountain post Mark Andrews is best defensive player in state.— Richard Obert (@azc_obert) February 9, 2013
Yeah, he's pretty good at basketball, too.
I don't know how quickly Andrews will see regular playing time, but I do know when he does, he has the potential to become one of the top red-zone options in college football.
And if Andrews continues to grow or doesn't quite cut it at wide receiver at the next level, at least he could make the adjustment to tight end. If he put on a few pounds, he would be an excellent receiving option at the position, a Tyler Eifert type, which could make him an even more appealing prospect to NFL scouts.
One way or another, Andrews is an exciting prospect. As he continues to develop, he could emerge as one of the top players from this recruiting class.