April 12, 2010

Andrews won't relax

DULUTH - For David Andrews, his work has just begun.

Yes, Andrews knows where he's going to play his college ball after verbally committing to Georgia almost two months ago.

But relax? You've got to be kidding. This rising senior at Wesleyan has plenty more to do.

"I don't know if relaxed is the right word but it does feel like a lot more stress is off of me," said Andrews. "But the work's only just begun. It's good to know where I'm going, but there's n time to sit back and rest on your laurels. You've still got to work hard because the offers don't mean you've made it yet. The work's just begun."

It's definitely been a whirlwind few months for Andrews, whose stock as one of the Southeast's top centers shot through the roof following his performance in the U.S. Army National Junior Combine.

Although several schools had expressed interest, Georgia was one of the first schools to offer the 286-pounder a scholarship.

Considering the fact that centers don't typically garner the same kind of attention as left tackles on the recruiting trail, the Bulldog staff obviously thought enough of Andrews to buck that trend.

"That's another reason I want to show all the coaches that they didn't make a mistake offering," Andrews said. "I want to show them they were right in offering me like they did."

Andrews couldn't be happier with the decision he's made.

A lifelong Bulldog fans, the day Bulldog offensive line coach Stacy Searels offered him his scholarship will always remain one of his proudest moments.

"At home I've got a really good family life and everybody that I've ever been around, football has always felt like a big family. A lot of schools talk about having that family feel but I really felt that when I went to Athens," Andrews said. "It's a second home to me. I know where everything is. When people told me to go to this restaurant I knew where everything was. It's just a place where I'm comfortable, and that was important just because of the big transition it's going to be going from high school to college."

But Andrews is already taking steps to hopefully make the adjustment as smooth as he can.

For the past year, Andrews has been training with Atlanta-based strength-and-conditioning professional Ryan Goldin who the player credits for much of his success.

"Ryan kind of got my foot in the door with Coach Searels," Andrews said. "We talked during the whole recruiting process but since I committed we talk on almost a weekly basis. We talk about hunting, fishing and anytime I want to talk, I call and we talk about things like other recruits, and what we're going to do in the future."

Andrews also has Bulldog center Ben Jones on speed dial.

Like Andrews, Jones was a respected prospect out of Bibb County, Ala., but lacked some of the star power boasted by many other top-flight offensive line recruits.

"Ben was also a little under the radar, kind of like myself. At 6-foot-2 and 6-3, some might think we're undersized. With Ben, some people may have doubted his size but he started as a true freshman and just the things he has done have really been unbelievable," Andrews said. "If I could do what he can do, that's a pretty good guy to be compared to and anytime I need to ask a question I can call Ben and he will answer. If not, he'll call me back or text me back. He's been real good to me."

Andrews welcomes the comparison.

"When we go out we'll be sitting next to people and we tell people I'm his brother," Andrews chuckled. "I went up couple of weeks ago and he's told me when I get up there that he's going to take me under his wing and teach me everything and work me. It's a great opportunity to come in a freshman and learn from him. It's going to be great to learn from one of the best."

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