Wide receiver Mark Andrews out of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona is a very big receiver in multiple ways. The 6-6 220 pound receiver is a player who has the ability to make some big plays on the field. As a sophomore Andrews had 58 receptions for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns, then as a junior he caught 81 passes for 1,590 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Some of the first things I noticed when watching Andrews film was that he stood out on the field. At 6-6 he looked huge standing over the top of the corners. When going for the ball he knew where the sideline was, he wasn’t having to look down at the grass when running a rout. He knew where it was and was able to stay in bounds and make the catch down the sideline. When the ball was snapped Andrews makes his quick move to get by the receiver and gets right to running the rout and causes seperation. He doesn’t sit back and waste time with the corners which helps him out greatly as the corner is expecting to jam him and try to hold him up at the line of scrimmage and he gets right by that.
When Andrews catches the ball he makes his one move and gets up the field. Just like when coming off the line he doesn’t try and juke the defender out of his shoes, he understands that he needs to get up the field and gain yards. This was a great contribution to how many yards he was able to get. He also has good ability to stay on his feet. When he would get hit he had the ability to spin out of the contact and get a few more yards. His size was a contributing factor to this. At 220 pounds it was hard for a defender to tackle him by himself, especially if he just tried to arm-tackle Andrews.
Andrews hands are a huge addition to his game, he has good hands and catches the ball away from his body and brings it in. Being that he was such a dominant receiver in high school quite often in his film he would have two defenders on him trying to cover him and rarely it worked in their favor. Andrews is tall enough and can go up and get the ball at its highest point and come down with the ball without much or any trouble. With receivers hands in his way he is able to make a lot of catches that are hard which will be a huge addition to Washington State as the cougars will only have one receiver over 6-4, Mansel Simmons, and lost their tall receiver who can go up and make the big catches when Marquess Wilson left the team with 3 games left this past season
When he would catch the ball Andrews had great field vision and knew where his blockers were as well as where the opening in the field was going to be. It almost looked as if he was able to see the play before it happened and knew exactly where to go and when the hole or gap would be open.
Another advantage to Andrews game is that he is a pretty good blocker. When another receiver or running back would come his way he was able to set a decent block to open up a hole for the ball carrier. His blocking could use some work, but at 6-6 220 pounds it will come with time and coaching.
With Washington State being a huge passing school I can only see that as helping the cause to try and get Andrews to join the team in 2014. Mike Leach has always been a coach who can recruit great receivers and quarterbacks and I don’t see that slowing down any time soon.
Washington State as of now has 17 receivers on the team and all but one have multiple years left to play. Bennett Bontemps is the only receiver on the team who is a senior going into this upcoming season and it looks as if Bontemps is trying to switch over to the defensive side of the ball to get more playing time. I don’t see a freshman coming in and seeing much, if any playing time. I expect a new receiver to red-shirt his first year and learn the system as well as gain a few more skills.
Some other schools that Andrews are interested in include: Arizona, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon State, USC, UCLA, and Utah.
Below you will find Andrews junior year highlight film.