Nate Andrews joins Pruitt at UT; Pruitt discusses Andrews’ FSU recruitment

Nate Andrews joins Pruitt at UT; Pruitt discusses Andrews’ FSU recruitment

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Nate Andrews joins Pruitt at UT; Pruitt discusses Andrews’ FSU recruitment

Former Florida State defensive back Nate Andrews announced that he is joining Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee program.

Andrews was recruited to Florida State when Pruitt served as defensive coordinator for the Seminoles in 2013.

In the book Fulmer Hires Pruitt, Pruitt discussed recruiting Andrews to Florida State:

“Recruiting is about relationships and you’re sitting there trying to find out everything about a young man, so it’s usually going into a 2-3 year process. You identify a kid when he’s in the ninth or tenth grade and you start gathering information on him in what kind of grades he makes, you talk to his high school teachers and coaches, you get him on campus two or three times, you have him in a camp.

“One thing for me that is important is I want to see how kids are going to respond to coaching. We’re going to coach them in a hard manner, we’re going to be on them all the time. We want to see how they process and we take them through a teaching progression – can they handle it, can they take it to a drill of 7-on-7.

“So you kind of figure out who these guys are. You get them in on the board and you take a teach tape and go through it and say hey let’s go back and watch some game tape and see if these guys can identify in what you are trying to do. The one thing is, there’s a lot of guys that are big and run fast, but if they’re running fast in the wrong direction it doesn’t do you any good. So recruiting is not an exact science and I can tell you this, now with social media and the internet and everything, recruiting it’s crazy how many people that are focused in. I can go to my own house and my Dad’s asking about players and I’m thinking how do you know about these folks. But it’s funny because he has all the wrong information too because I guess somebody that runs some recruiting service, some runner that trains some kids tells this guy he can play and all of a sudden he is a five-star. I can tell you this, when you look at the recruiting services I’ve coached some five-stars that are really, really good and some that’s not.

“Probably one of the best players I’ve coached as a freshman is a guy named Nate Andrews. When I got the job at Florida State he was committed to Minnesota. I got him to come to Tallahassee and he played as a true freshman and never been a defensive back, he was a high school quarterback. We end up winning a national championship and Nate led us in interceptions and caused fumbles and he was a two-star, so there’s all kinds of stories like that and you don’t know what you got until you get them there and have done your homework.”

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