Scottsdale Desert Mountain senior wide receiver Mark Andrews came to Oklahoma for a second visit on Friday. This time, he decided to commit to the Sooners to play football.
The No. 1 prospect by azcentral sports in what may be the deepest recruiting class in Arizona prep football history said he told Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops that he will be playing for him.
Andrews, 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, was azcentral sports’ Big Schools Player of the Year his junior season when he caught 81 passes for 1,494 yards and 21 touchdowns.
He had scholarship offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State.
But, in the end, family and Stoops’ big belief in him being a wide receiver and not a tight end in college won out.
His brother Jack, with whom he is very close, is a medical student at Oklahoma.
Andrews said his family was with him in Oklahoma today when he made his decision.
“I love a lot of things about Oklahoma,”Andrews said. “Bob Stoops is very important to me. He’s very genuine, a real coach who loves his players. I see him being there for a while. That’s a huge plus. I love the wide receivers coach, Jay Norvell, is great. Everything there is amazing.”
Asked if Oklahoma plans to use him at wide receiver, Andrews said, “Yes, 100 percent wide out.”
Andrews has family roots in Oklahoma. His father grew up there before moving to Texas, where he played high school football. Having his big brother around is a bonus, he said.
“It’s awesome having my brother here,” he said. “It’s great to have family around.”
Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor, who grew up raised on Oklahoma football, said that he had a feeling something might happen this weekend, because it was a second unofficial visit to Norman for Andrews.
“If it was not super-high on his list, he wasn’t going to take a second look,” Tabor said. “He’s sick of it (the recruiting process). He wants to play. Both (quarterback) Kyle (Allen) and him, they just want to win a state championship and get out of here.”
Allen, rated the No. 2 prospect in the 2014 class by azcentral sports and rated by some national recruiting services as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback, has committed to Texas A&M.
Tabor thought Oklahoma was the front-runner for Andrews as far back as last year.
“There’s God, there’s family, Barry Switzer and OU football, and I’m not sure if it’s in that order,” Tabor said. “The towns shut down when they play on Saturdays. Norman is a good place. It’s about the size of Scottsdale. They’re on the national stage every year.
“They’re going to use Mark the way we use him. They’ll move him around, flex him out.”