February 22, 2010

Coach says Andrews has knack for the game

NORCROSS - Wesleyan coach James McKeel didn't know where to start when asked to recall a few highlights of his years coaching center David Andrews, who announced his verbal commitment to Georgia Monday morning.

There's just so much to tell.

"I can share a lot. He's more than just a football player, he's a guy who focused on detail and knows the game as well. He just has a knack for playing center," McKeel said. "He's very communicative and looks to involve his teammates. He does things on his own, but he's very much a team player."

At 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, Andrews chose the Bulldogs over Michigan and Duke, who along with Georgia, which offered the self-admitted longtime UGA fan his scholarship last week.

McKeel said the Bulldogs are getting a player who will be able to help the squad in several ways.

"David will bring explosiveness and his knowledge of the game. We can tweak something on Monday and David will learn it there and have it the rest of the week," McKeel said. "He's not one that you have to continue going over and over for him to learn it. Once he has it, he has it."

Andrews began to open eyes at the U.S. Army National Junior Combine in San Antonio, Tex. back in early January.

There he went against some of the country's best junior defensive linemen, earning praise for his fundamentals and ability to hold his own.

"His technique is sound. He's very, very detailed," McKeel said. "He works on his technique before practice, after practice and he's very, very detailed. He's got a hard work ethic."

McKeel has no doubt he'll bring the same sense of focus when he arrives in Athens come June of 2011.

"I just think he wants to be the best he can be," McKeel said. "If he can give his best, and he knows he's done that, I think he's satisfied."

The coach should know.

McKeel first got to know the young star as a seventh grader, when he began to watch him grow into the young man and football player that he has become.

"As any athlete, he'll have to learn to adjust once he gets to Georgia," McKeel said. "It's just like any level when you're talking about the next one, be it middle school to JV, JV to high school and high school to college. There's new schemes to learn and new terminology for the offense."

McKeel has no doubt he will succeed.

"When David sets his goal and sets his dreams, he goes for it," McKeel said. "He wants more than anything to be a part of the team. He wants to contribute and he wants to start."

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