February 14, 2012

FSU first to offer Alabama WR

Wide receiver Nate Andrews of Fairhope (Ala.) was so excited when offer No. 1 arrived Monday night he forgot many of the details from the conversation when he got the news.

One fact he does recall is this: It came from Florida State.

"I was surprised," Andrews said. "They haven't really been talking to me. I'm surprised but happy."

For the 6-feet, 180-pound Andrews, the Seminoles are the first to pull the trigger

"They called the school on Monday," Andrews said. "Later in the night, they told me they wanted to offer. I talked to [FSU assistant Dameyune Craig] Monday night, then I talked to Coach [Jimbo] Fisher for a few minutes. He was like, 'We're offering you.' He said I'm a pretty good player. They said I'm super fundamentally sound with everything I do. I don't really remember much else."

According to Andrews, he caught 40-plus passes for 876 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011. He calls himself a "deep-ball threat"

Andrews is the first to admit his knowledge of the FSU program is somewhat limited. In fact, he might know more about FSU's previous head coach than its current one.

"I don't know much about them, but last year I saw their old coach [Bobby Bowden]," Andrews said. "We went to see him speak at a church. Our whole football team went. That's the only thing I really know, but I'm real excited. I like them."

Andrews said he plans to start researching the FSU football program and the school itself. And, "I think I might go to their junior day Saturday," he added.

Andrews is hopeful - and optimistic - this offer is only the beginning of things to come.

"I'm also hearing from Alabama, and I'm getting letters and stuff from Nebraska, Mississippi State and LSU," Andrews said. "I think this will help. Hopefully it does."

Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.

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