More than a year before he'll enroll in college, Mark Andrews holds 12 scholarships offers and projects to be one of Arizona's top-ranked high school players in the class of 2014. On Friday night, he caught a game-winning touchdown pass to secure a win over his team's chief rival on the game's final drive.
Yeah, life is good for the 6-foot-6 wide receiver. So it's no wonder he's concerning himself with the present. He's perfectly content with placing his recruitment on the backburner while he throws up big numbers on Friday nights.
And for the foreseeable future, that's exactly what the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain junior plans to do.
"I'm not really looking at any one school harder than the others," Andrews said. "I think I'll start doing that after the season and figure out where I have to go with this."
Despite the temporary laissez-faire attitude, his recruitment continues to unfold around him. New offers, the most recent of which came from Boise State, are showing up weekly. Calls are taking place and coaches are making early sales pitches. Andrews isn't naming favorites at the moment, but he has no problem talking about which programs are making the strongest effort to build a relationship.
"Arizona State and Arizona are really recruiting hard," Andrews said. "Other schools are too, but the in-state schools are really pushing."
Andrews took an unofficial visit to Arizona State earlier in the year, but has placed a hold on all other trips. The 2014 prospect won't take another until his junior season concludes.
"I have to keep my grades in check because football just takes up all of my time," he said. "That makes my schedule pretty hectic."
What becomes of his current quarterback could play a role Andrews' recruitment. Andrews and 2014 prospect Kyle Allen (seven scholarship offers) are the state's most formidable quarterback-receiver duo and are also self described "best friends" off the field - have been since kindergarten.
Allen and Andrews have common offers from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and North Carolina. It's a factor that is likely to come into play because the possibility of a package deal is legitimate to say the least.
"It's definitely a chemistry thing," Andrews said. "I think that where he goes is a little factor. It's something we have both talked about. I won't totally base my decision on it, but it's definitely a factor."