commits to Stanford
By David Oberhelman Daily Herald Sports WriterPosted Thursday, August 26, 2004 It wasn't so much the start of his senior high school football season that hastened his decition but the end of the college recruiting process the led to Glenbard West's Tom McAndrew verbally committing to Stanford.
"I'm just ready," said McAndrew
, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end and tight end, rated Illinois' No. 1 senior defensive lineman by Rivals.com.
"The whole process started pretty early for me," said McAndrew
, who told Stanford
on Aug. 19."It started last spring break.Our family went out East, looked at eight colleges in eight days.I got three offers when I was still on the road." McAndrew
, whose brother Matt was a two-year Glenbard West starter before graduating in 2003, received 11 offers from the likes of Arizona, Pittsburgh, UCLA
, Duke and Illinois.
"More than anything it just seemed right (at Stanford)," said Tom
, who has a 5.67 GPA on a 5-point scale."Obviously, they have great education out there, and Pac-10 football is pretty big-time." McAndrew
, the Hilltoppers' starting middle linebacker as a sophomore, will play defensive end this season after recording 61 tackles in 2003.
Now in his
second year starting at tight end, McAndrew
caught 21 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown last season.
..."Then they sat down and watched some film and liked what they saw of Tom's work ethic," Glenbard West coach John Karpowicz said.