Feb. 14, 2013
The individual look at each of Florida State's 2013 signees continues today with a player that could fit the defense's "diamond in rough" category in this year's class.
Like Rodney Hudson, Bjoern Werner and several others before him in recent seasons at FSU, Nate Andrews is probably a lot better than the three-star ranking he brings with him from Fairhope High School in Alabama.
A talented two-way player that played all over the field during his prep days, the recruiting services didn't know where to list the 6-foot, 195-pound student-athlete: ESPN considered him the nation's 74th-best wide receiver; Scout.com had him pegged as the 153rd-best pass catcher; 247Sports viewed him as the No. 64 cornerback; Rivals listed him an "athlete."
At Florida State, Andrews was recruited strictly as a defensive back where his future position coach has very high hopes for the impact he'll make on the Seminoles' already-stellar defense.
"He may be my favorite," FSU defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt said. "I've been recruiting Nate since he was in the ninth grade. Nobody knows a whole lot about him. He was a wide receiver, he played quarterback, he played defensive back. The thing about Nate is this, he is one of the toughest guys you'll ever meet.
"He's got great ability, great character and the bigger the occasion the better Nate plays."
Pruitt recruited Andrews to Alabama when he was still the defensive backs coach for the Crimson Tide but the defending national champions weren't able to offer the in-state prospect until Dec. 18 of last year according to 247Sports.com. That offer came two weeks after Andrews' verbal commitment to Minnesota on the heels of an official visit to see the Gophers' campus.
When Pruitt joined the 'Noles coaching staff, he knew he wanted Andrews in the garnet and gold and the recruiting pressure heated up. Andrews took an official visit to Tallahassee Jan. 18 and a week later he de-committed from Minnesota and gave his pledge to the 'Noles.
At FSU, Andrews could line up at either cornerback or safety but likely will be at the latter to begin his career. With Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks both seniors, Andrews could be in the mix as the "next in line" prospect at that spot in the secondary.
Andrews wore No. 6 at Fairhope but will have to switch it up when he gets to Florida State where junior cornerback Nick Waisome already wears that number.
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