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Wolves' Andrews commits to UGA

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

David Andrews was on the way to visit Duke last Thursday when he got a text message from Franklin Pridgen, his football coach at Wesleyan.

Pridgen told the junior that he needed to call Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels. A phone call later, Andrews had his dream offer from Searels and the Bulldogs.

It didn't take the 6-foot-2, 280-pound, two-way lineman long to turn that offer into a commitment.

"It was a shock when it came in because it was totally unexpected," Andrews said. "I felt like I had accomplished one of the biggest goals of my life to play as a Georgia Bulldog."

Andrews said he grew up a Georgia fan because of his grandfather, who told him when he was born that he would play for the Bulldogs someday. His trips to visit often included checking out his grandfather's UGA memorabilia.

Though Andrews was hoping for a Georgia offer, as early as last week he didn't have any offers from major programs. That changed last Wednesday when Michigan offered, Georgia offered the next day and Duke followed with an offer on Friday.

But none of the others mattered to Andrews, projected as a center at Georgia, when he heard the offer from Searels.

"That was the offer I've been waiting for, my dream offer," he said.

Georgia has signed a Gwinnett offensive lineman the previous two years -- Buford's Dallas Lee and Kolton Houston were in the last two classes -- and the Bulldogs' roster also includes invited walk-on offensive lineman Josh Parrish, a teammate of Andrews' on Wesleyan's 2008 state championship team.

Andrews anchored both Wesleyan lines last season, emerging as a coveted football recruit over the past few months after some impressive combine workouts.

"It feels really good (to commit early), but it's just starting, now I've got to start getting prepared (for college)," Andrews said. "But now I also can just get ready for our season at Wesleyan and just enjoy my senior year."

When he signs, Andrews will become just the second Wesleyan football player to sign with an SEC or ACC school. The first was offensive tackle Eric Broe, who signed with Florida State in 2001.

"I think (David's) got to rank at the top of the list as far as lineman (recruits) to come out of our school and we've had some pretty good ones recently," Pridgen said.