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OU football recruiting: Versatile receiver Mark Andrews was enamored with Sooners from the get-go

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2014

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.

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MARK ANDREWS

Hometown/school: Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain

Position: Wide receiver

Height, Weight: 6-6, 220

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