Nate Andrews picks Big Ten program

It’s going to be quite a climate change for three-star wide receiver Nate Andrews, but the Fairhope, Ala., native felt Minnesota was the best fit and committed to the Golden Gophers on Wednesday night.

“I felt like it’s a great place I can go, be around great people, and the football players and the coaches are going to treat me good,” Andrews said. “I just feel like it’s a great place to go.”

Andrews took his official visit to Minneapolis over the weekend.

“It went pretty good,” he said. “We ate a lot, of course. It was nice. The football field is nice. The facilities are nice. The coaches are nice. But mostly, it was just the nice people that stood out the most.”

Listed as a wide receiver, Andrews played quarterback for Fairhope. In one game this season, he rushed for 268 yards and seven touchdowns. However, Minnesota plans to use him on the defensive side of the ball, primarily at cornerback. The staff says he has a chance to start.

“I love defense, actually,” Andrews said. “I’ve been wanting to play defense all my life, but I’ve just always been on offense. I got to play defense some this year, though, so I’m used to it.”

Andrews, who also had strong interest in Ole Miss, says he’s solid with his commitments. In fact, he’s already trying to recruit local linebacker Jonathan Walton (Daphne, Ala./Bayside Academy) to Minnesota with him.

Over the weekend, the Gophers hosted another Alabama native, ESPN 300 cornerback and Florida State commitment Marquez White.