For Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan offensive center David Andrews, the recruiting process was well on its way before Wednesday. He recently was at Georgia for a junior day and is heading to Duke on Thursday to take in the Durham for spring practice. However, in a lot of ways, things officially got kicked off on Wednesday when Andrews was informed of his first official offer by the University of Michigan.
A morning email straight from Rich Rodriguez asked Andrews if he had received his offer from Michigan. He had not. That was a problem that was quickly remedied though.
"I hadn't received an offer in the mail but I'd been getting mail so I was a little confused," Andrews said. "I talked to my coach and he called up there and told me the offer was confirmed. I spoke to Coach Rodriguez this afternoon and talked to him for a while. They had watched my film and decided to offer and he just hadn't sent it out but he thought they did."
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The combination of Andrews' first offer arriving and it arriving from a prestigious program like Michigan left the lineman with a lot of emotions.
"When I heard [about the offer], it felt like a big weight had just gotten lifted off my shoulders," he said. "All of the work that I had put in was paying off and especially a school like Michigan, knowing they'd take a chance on me, I had a lot of emotions. I was happy and excited."
Though Andrews has never been to Ann Arbor, he is already familiar with the Michigan program and he is excited about what he knows. He also is optimistic about Rich Rodriguez as a coach.
"I've never really been up there and seen the campus," he said. "Michigan is a very prestigious school in academics and football. Rich Rodriguez took West Virginia and built them into a really good football team and he's starting to do that at Michigan. I really like the offense they run, that spread offense.
"After talking to him, I'm really looking forward to getting up there this spring and talking to them and meeting players and coaches."
Along with Michigan, Andrews will have plenty of other schools that will be interested in getting him on campus. One Wednesday alone, he had phone conversations with Coach Searels at Georgia and Coach Grimes at Auburn. He's also getting serious interest from Florida State, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Oklahoma State and others.
For his part though, Andrews isn't focusing in on any one profile of a program, though he does have a timeline for a decision.
"I'm really open to anywhere," he said. "Right now, I'm just going to see what happens here in the next couple of weeks. I do plan on making a decision before the next football season and next fall."