What began as a terrific opportunity turned into a perfect situation for Nick Andreas.
The sophomore quarterback with the big arm from Danvers was one of just a handful of sophomores chosen among the 550 underclassmen from around the country chosen to take part in the U.S. Army National Combine in Texas last Friday. The event, held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, was a chance for some of the nation’s top players to showcase their talents for college scouts and see how they matched up against one another.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Andreas went to Texas hoping to show folks that a signal caller from Massachusetts could hold his own with the best from around the country. He returned home feeling better than ever about his gridiron ability — and his future.
“I really felt like I brought my ‘A’ game and represented Massachusetts well,” said Andreas, the Danvers High quarterback.
“Once it came down to it and I saw some of the other kids throw, I knew I could compete with them. I wanted to be the best and show off what I could do at this camp.”
He did more than that. Andreas performed so well at the one-day Combine, particularly during the 1-on-1 portion where he threw the ball to difference receivers, that he was selected to the Army All-Combine Team as an honorable mention quarterback. He was one of just 10 QBs picked for the honor — and the only one who won’t graduate high school until the spring of 2015.
He played so well in San Antonio that J.C. Shurburtt, the Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, wrote on his blog that “Andreas should emerge as a legitimate BCS-level prospect out of the state (of Massachusetts) in the coming years.”
“I definitely stepped up and spun it that day. I’m very fortunate,” said Andreas.