Less focus on recruiting, more on preseason practice: it's basically the war cry for high-level football players at this time of year. In that way, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain High School wide receiver Mark Andrews is no different than his peers. He, like so many others, has slowed his contact with college coaches and isn't worried about naming favorites.
Visits? Those are on the backburner, too. Except for one, that is. It seems the 2014 prospect is never too busy for Oklahoma, which, last month, became his 10th scholarship offer.
"My grandpa grew up in Oklahoma, so we all watch Oklahoma," he said on Friday. And soon he'll get to watch it in person.
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Andrews says he plans to take an unofficial visit to OU this fall. He and the Sooner coaching staff have narrowed it down to two weekends. The 6-foot-6 junior will be in attendance in Norman on either Oct. 27 for a game with Notre Dame or Nov. 24 for the annual Bedlam showdown.
"I'm not sure which day yet, but Oklahoma is the only one I know I'm going on," Andrews said. "Other than that, I'm still trying to figure everything out."
Ten scholarship offers are truckload for a player who hasn't played a down of his junior season. Andrews knows this. He expects more to come in soon, too. In his opinion, Missouri is close to offering. Oregon could join the mix as well.
He's not excited to dwell on that stuff now, though. He actually tries to avoid the subject altogether. On his mind sits the upcoming season. Well, the upcoming season and that trip to Oklahoma.
"My childhood - kind of - dream school was Oklahoma," he said. "But I really don't have any favorites. I just try to keep an open mind."
When pressed, Andrews insists the Sooners are just a school of interest, not the early favorite in his recruitment. He's too far away from making a commitment to name a true frontrunner.
Despite a still-growing, 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame more suited for a tight end, Andrews is adamant about playing wide receiver in college. Schools willing to let him do so could gain an advantage in his recruitment.