February 16, 2011

Athlete joins the 2011 Recruiting Class

For Taylor Andrews, the sand was running out of the hour class as it appeared that any possibility the 6-foot-2, 200 pound athlete playing Division I football would only be a dream.

Part of Andrew's dream that he hope would become reality was a military career.
Ironically, the prospect from Maple Park (IL) Kaneland High School initially thought about going the academy direction via correspondence from the Air Force Academy even before the Black Knights came into play.

"I was getting a lot of track letters and one from Air Force and they responded," said Andrews.

"So I said why not West Point, but when I sent my stuff to the Army track coach he sent my stuff over to Coach Ross. He (Ross) called me and that's when they started to show interest."

So when did Andrews actually receive his offer from the Army coaching staff? "Last Monday I was offered by Army and I officially committed last Tuesday … the offered surprised me," states Andrews, who took his official visit on weekend of February 4th and who was recruited by Joe Ross.

While on his visit, he was hosted by sophomore slotback Brian Austin.

"It was good to talk to Brian and some of the other players," says Andrews, as he reflects on the impact that meeting the players had on his decision. "Talking to them was an eye opener and I soon as I got there; I knew West Point is where I wanted to go."

"The whole legacy of West Point is just bigger than yourself that you want to part of."

The prep bound prospect could play several positions … from wide receiver or slotback on offense and linebacker on defense, but indicated that receiver is his favorite.

In addition to the gridiron, Andrews excelled in track where he ran the 110M hurdles and finished 5th in the state last season. "I'm hoping to win the states this year," he said.

As the Black Knights kickoff their spring practice today and begin their focus on the 2011 season, Andrews becomes one of the final pieces to this year's recruiting class.

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