Alabama legacy Cortez Andrews says UGA ‘definitely’ gets an official after G-Day
Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play today is an update that centers on 4-star Alabama legacy Cortez Andrews, with a Florida vs. Georgia head-to-head comparison on the side and notes on 5-star RB Trey Sanders.
Cortez Andrews is trending on the 247Sports Crystal Ball feature to choose Alabama. That makes sense.
Andrews, known as Mack 10 to his friends, is an Alabama legacy. He’s blessed to have more football men in his life than any five recruits should know in any signing class.
His father Carlos Andrews played football at Alabama from 2001-04. His uncle Del Roberts played football at North Carolina. Dennis Andrews Sr., another uncle, played football at Florida State. Cousin Dennis Andrews Jr. played at Georgia Tech but later transferred to Middle Tennessee.
His high school coach Corey Fuller played 10 seasons in the NFL. He starred at Florida State and was a second-round draft pick in 1995.
Cortez Andrews told DawgNation all about his recent G-Day visit, explaining why the Bulldogs will now “definitely” get an official visit and comparing his Florida and Georgia spring game visits.
The guy sounds destined to have his own radio show.
Man that atmosphere was crazy Today in Athens ❗️it’s something special 🐶 #Dawgnation
— Cortez Andrews (@GloTez10) April 22, 2018
That G-Day visit went well. He got to hang with his bud, 5-star running back Trey Sanders, that day. Andrews shared an interesting glimpse into how they took in the sights and sounds around Athens.
“That was one of the craziest atmospheres I have ever experienced,” Andrews said with respect to G-Day. “The fans and the crowd and the day just blew me away.”
Cortez Andrews on his G-Day at UGA
Andrews rates as the nation’s No. 24 safety prospect and as the No. 321 player overall for the 2019 cycle on the 247Sports composite standard.
“There’s one word that describes why I am really considering Georgia,” Andrews said. “Family. That’s it.”
The 4-star target has visited Georgia at least a couple of times. He came through last summer when he was offered and also made it to a spring practice prior to that.
But this was his first game day in Clarke County.
“I went to Florida to their spring game like three weeks ago,” Andrews said. “For their spring game. Ole Miss will probably be another trip soon.”
He was asked to compare the atmosphere of the Florida and Georgia spring games.
“That’s easy,” Andrews said. “Florida’s spring game was nothing like Georgia’s spring game. Nothing at all. Not even close.”
Andrews took in all of those 83,000 in the stands. That was one separator. But he also saw more on the field.
“Just to see the way those guys at Georgia competing in that spring game,” Andrews said. “It was definitely something I really enjoyed. I don’t mind saying that the Florida game was nothing close to the Georgia spring game at all.”
Andrews also described the main reasons why he’s considering the Bulldogs. His decision will not be made based off of atmosphere and fans.
He brought up how Kirby Smart always asks him about his family. Then he noted the way Mel Tucker gets his guys better.
His view on the way UGA prepares its players to be men and for a life after football also came to mind.
He measured in at a little over the 6-foot-1 mark and weighed 206 pounds. The staff likes his versatility to fly in and play the run from the safety position.
Extremely grateful for his opportunities
Andrews plans to cut down to a top 5 sometime in the next two months. Where is he at right now?
“I’m extremely grateful and blessed to have all of these opportunities,” he said. “Right now, I am just looking for the best opportunity for me and trying to find that family environment.”
He aims to enjoy the process and not rush it.
“But like I told you that trip to Georgia was definitely something,” Andrews said. “It was like having that first Chick-Fil-A sandwich with that Chick-Fil-A sauce and it was great. Really great, man.”
He also did not mind letting everyone in on a little hint.
“After that visit, I can definitely see myself at Georgia,” Andrews said. “It is no secret. I am open to all schools but Georgia is definitely one of my top schools right now. No doubt. That visit showed me why I loved watching the Bulldogs play so much growing up. That atmosphere was just crazy.”
He visualized himself in red and black. That’s why he says the Bulldogs will “definitely” and “most definitely” receive one of his five official visits.
“My favorite part was walking on that field,” Andrews said. “I could just see myself warming up in pads on that field in front of all those fans. I was just imagining myself at Georgia.”
Georgia sees him as a “big safety who can run.” Andrews also noted that he feels that Ole Miss and UGA are recruiting him the hardest right now.
That’s a lot to digest. Yet he made sure to balance how he feels about all his options at this time. He relayed that he has “no idea” when he would likely make his college decision.
UGA is a good fit for his intended major, communications with an emphasis in sports broadcasting.
Makes sense, right?
What did he see out of Trey Sanders this weekend?
Andrews would like to play with Sanders on Saturdays.
“I can honestly see us playing with each other,” Andrews said. “We met one another about two or three years ago before I started getting blown up with all of these offers. He had already told me it was going to happen and ever since we have always thought that playing with each other would be real cool. We’ll see how it all works out.”
Those two visited UGA together last year. It should be no surprise they paired up at G-Day.
They even took in Florida’s spring game as a duo.
Did Sanders enjoy himself at Georgia?
“Oh yeah, he most definitely enjoyed himself at Georgia,” Andrews said. “Just me speaking as his friend and just us talking I definitely think that Trey likes Georgia. … I am pretty sure that he has a great feeling about Georgia.”
He then added even more color. It shows why he really does have a future in broadcasting.
“We were at the Florida [spring] game about two weekends ago,” Andrews said. “His vibe and his demeanor and his attitude were just totally different at Georgia. Smiling. Dancing. I just saw a way better vibe from him having fun than what he was like at Florida.”
Andrews also finally met Nolan Smith.
“He’s a really cool guy and he’s a character and he’s a clown,” Andrews said. “He definitely loves Georgia. … I think that guy would try to recruit 50 guys to come play with him at Georgia if he could.”
Smart or smart recruiting strategy up ahead?
Tactical. Great timing.
That’s what went through my mind when I saw this tweet on Wednesday afternoon.
— Glenn Schumann (@CoachSchuUGA) April 25, 2018
It is just smart recruiting. Or Smart recruiting. Whatever.
Schumann reporting from Roquan Smith’s big night can only help the present and future of the program. Head coaches usually make that NFL Draft trip for top 10 prospects like Smith.
But having Schumann there will resonate with a lot of UGA targets. They’ll see Smith on the NFL’s biggest stage and note how he’s flanked by Kirby Smart and Schumann.
Bet that Instagram feed will catch some eyes. Especially a couple of priority inside linebacker targets for the Class of 2019.
Add another California wide receiver to the 2019 mix
File away the name of another California receiver target for 2019.
Do the Bulldogs take another receiver in 2019 to go along with 5-star recruits Dominick Blaylock and Jadon Haselwood? If so, would that be 4-star target Mycah Pittman?
Pittman was supposed to be at G-Day. He didn’t make it and chalked it up to a scheduling snafu. Pittman, the son of former NFL veteran Michael Pittman, wants to play far from home in Calabasas, Calif. He’s currently trending to the SEC to play for Florida.
He took a tumble from No. 8 to No. 11 overall on the 2019 receiver ratings for 2019 on the 247Sports composite.
There is another California target at receiver to think about. Braedin Huffman-Dixon told DawgNation he wants to see UGA soon.
He’s already qualified to participate in the Nike The Opening Finals this summer in Texas. Huffman-Dixon rates as a 4-star recruit and as the nation’s No. 40 overall prospect at receiver on the composite.
Huffman-Dixon plans an unofficial visit to UGA again in June. The most interesting part of that plan is he did not have any other visits planned for the summer. That was the only one.
“The main thing is I want to see how many receivers they are taking still,” Huffman-Dixon said.
The 6-1.5, 180-pound prospect said he might prefer to get away from the West Coast and come to the South. Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon are currently recruiting him the hardest.
Georgia recruited him heavily last summer, but that has lessened. It might be because:
- Huffman-Dixon didn’t have the best junior season as far as production.
- The Bulldogs now have commitments from the nation’s top 2 receivers for 2019.
Want to see how they both measure up? Pittman’s film flows first and it is followed by Huffman-Dixon’s tape.
Huffman-Dixon ran a 4.74-second laser 40-yard dash at The Opening San Francisco regional and also clocked a very pedestrian 4.72 short shuttle … and STILL got open. He will not enroll early.
As a means of comparison, Grayson 4-star tackle Wanya Morris ran a 4.5 short shuttle at 299 pounds at the Charlotte Elite 11 regional.
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