Most players can't wait to have their Signing Day ceremonies.
Family and friends gather around and the attention of most of the school is on the players as they make their college decisions official.
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain receiver Mark Andrews is a bit different.
“I'm almost having to beg him to go to it,” Desert Mountain coach Tony Tabor said of Andrews, who has been committed to Oklahoma since August.
At the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, tables were set up so fans could get autographs.
Andrews signed and interacted with the children, but chose instead to stand off to the side where he'd be one of a group instead of separated.
“He kind of doesn't fit into all the hype,” Tabor said.
Except on the football field.
Andrews is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound receiver that can move between lining up wide, in the slot and at tight end.
He didn't play football until he was a freshman, but it didn't take long for Tabor to realize he quickly needed to find a place on the field for Andrews.
“You could just tell that he was going to be a special player,” Tabor said.
He went out and had more than 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman.
When he found out Tabor was from Oklahoma — he grew up in Perkins and was an assistant at Westmoore for a year — he started peppering him with questions and told Tabor that he'd love to play for the Sooners some day.
“He asked me what it was like there and what people were like,” Tabor said. “I told him football's an institution in Oklahoma. There's God, family and football in Oklahoma and it's not always in that order.”
When Tim Kish got the job as the Sooners' linebackers coach two years ago, that came a little closer to reality.
Tabor had developed a relationship with Kish when Kish was an assistant at Arizona under Mike Stoops.
Kish and Jay Norvell quickly started recruiting Andrews and it didn't take long for a commitment to follow.
Andrews' older brother is already in school at Oklahoma.
So as his profile has risen and other coaches have pressed to see if the commitment is solid, Andrews hasn't swayed.
“(Alabama offensive coordinator) Lane Kiffin called me a few days ago to ask if he was solid,” Tabor said a few days before signing day. “I told him not to bother. He wasn't going to go anywhere but OU.”
Hometown/school: Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Position: Wide receiver
Height, Weight: 6-6, 220
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