SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Blessed with elite size and speed, Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) has put up some ridiculous numbers in high school. Over the past three years, the 6-foot-6, 232-pound wide receiver has caught 200 passes for 3563 yards and 45 touchdowns. He has also ran the ball 18 times for 153 yards and a touchdown. When head coach Tony Tabor needed the Top247 prospect on defense, Andrews came through with a sack.
Andrews has elite size as a jumbo receiver.
“Mark is a game changer every time he touches the field,” Tabor said. “The last two games he has caught 23 balls for 400 yards and six touchdowns. He elevates everyone else on the field, he kicks and he plays defense. If he wanted to play defense, he would put his hand in the dirt and play in the NFL, I can promise you that.”
That lofty praise is one of the reasons why Andrews was presented with his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey Monday during a ceremony at his school, as part of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour, presented by adidas. The game will be played Jan. 4 2014 at noon CST, live on NBC. Former standout wide receivers and tight ends include NFL veterans Ted Ginn Jr, Percy Harvin, Greg Olsen and Kyle Rudolph, as well as current college standouts Tyler Boyd and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
For Andrews, the chance to play in the game was something he and his teammate, five-star quarterback Kyle Allen, have been thinking about for some time now.
“We were watching the game two years ago, and we both promised each other we would get to this point,” Andrews said. “Here we are today being able to pick to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and we could not be happier. This organization and this game have meaning, and that is one of the reasons Kyle and I picked it. It is a huge honor to represent the Army and play for them.”
The four-star wide receiver committed to Oklahoma back in August over Texas A&M and Notre Dame, among others.
“Recruiting has been really hectic the last couple of years, but the main thing is that I have had to keep working hard, because everyone else is,” Andrews said. “I have been blessed to have coaches and family to help me, and I am never going to quit trying to get better.”
Rated as the No. 99 prospect overall and No. 13 wide receiver in the country by the industry-generated 247Composite, Andrews feels he will add a much-needed element to the Oklahoma offense once he gets on campus.
“I see myself as a big wide receiver that can go up and get the ball and stretch the field,” Andrews said. “I think that is something they are lacking right now. I see myself coming in and making a big impact early at Oklahoma.”
(left to right) Five-star QB Kyle Allen, Desert Mountain head coach Tony Tabor, and Top247 wide receiver Mark Andrews.
Once he arrives in San Antonio, Andrews plans to go to work on helping the Sooners add a few more pieces to the 2014 class, most notably a certain five-star offensive weapon.
“One guy I plan to work on is Joe Mixon, a guy who I know has high interest in Oklahoma,” Andrews said. “But there are a lot of other guys I plan to talk to and hopefully persuade to join me.”