The big news about Mike D’Andrea isn’t where he was yesterday, but where he wasn’t.
D’Andrea, a Rivals100 selection, wasn’t in Lincoln, Neb., to watch the Nebraska-Notre Dame game as he had originally planned. Unfortunately for the native of Avon Lake, Ohio, a strained right knee he suffered in his own high school game on Friday night kept him from traveling over the weekend.
“It’s disappointing,” D’Andrea said. “We were going to fly over, but the doctor told me I’d be good to go on Friday (of this upcoming week) only if I made sure to stay off of it (the knee) the rest of this weekend.
“It’s only a strain. There’s no tear or anything like that. But I want to play in every game, period.”
The news of D’Andrea’s non-arrival probably disappointed the Huskers as much as it did D’Andrea himself. It would have been a good opportunity for the Huskers to showcase their tremendous defensive performance against the Irish, another team that D’Andrea is considering.
Nebraska and Notre Dame are not the only two of the schools vying for D’Andrea’s signature. Ohio State, where D’Andrea’s father graduated, and Michigan are also very much in the picture.
The trip to Nebraska would have been an unofficial visit.
D’Andrea, who is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker, says he may make another college game or two this season, but all official visits and any talks of him committing will now have to wait until “after football season”.