MARSHALL, Minn. – At the midway point of his junior season, Marshall offensive lineman Blaise Andries is having what could be described as a big season. On the field, Marshall is off to a perfect start.
“Our season is going great,” Andries told Today’s U. “We are 7-0 and have outscored our opponents 350-7. From a personal standpoint, I feel that I am having a good season. There is always room for improvement though.”
Standing at 6’6” and over 280-pounds, Andries is certainly a big prospect. According to 247Sports.com, Andries is listed as the No. 16 offensive guard in the country and the top football prospect in the state of Minnesota.
“I like to beat my opponents head-to-head in a downhill run block,” Andries said. “And I block for my team until I hear the whistle.”
This aggressive approach to blocking, along with his large stature, has combined to net Andries his first offer, and it comes from a Big Ten program to boot. On Saturday, Andries picked up an offer from Northwestern on a visit to the Wildcats’ campus and the mammoth lineman spoke about his trip to Evanston and his reaction to landing his first offer.
“We went to the game, but we were not able to see the whole campus,” Andries said. “We are planning to do that at a later date.”
While on Northwestern’s campus, however, Andries did have a chance to briefly meet with the Wildcats’ head coach and offensive line coach on Saturday. That is when Andries found out about his offer.
“My family and I met with Coach [Pat] Fitzgerald and Coach [Adam] Cushing before the game Saturday,” Andries said. “I was very excited, thankful, and humbled.”
Andries had the opportunity to take in a true beatdown as Northwestern topped the visiting-Minnesota Gophers by a score of 27-0. This set the down for what was described as an “impressive” visit from Andries.
“Their program is very impressive,” Andries said. “The quality of the coaches and the student-athletes is high.”
On the whole, however, Andries is trying to keep his focus on his high school team’s season and is taking the recruiting aspect in stride. So far, this strategy has worked well and Marshall is undefeated and Andries picked up his first offer.
“It has been going great,” Andries said of his recruitment. “I have been able to keep my focus on our high school team, but I hear from Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue the most.”
With a contingent of Big Ten programs in pursuit of the big junior lineman, Andries has received many game invites and has made his way to several campuses during the football season.
“Unofficially I have visited Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern now,” Andries said. “I saw great games and all four of these programs are top notch.”
As the season trudges on, Andries is planning to make another stop in Big Ten territory, a visit that will be close to home and should provide for an exciting game atmosphere.
“I am planning to go to Minnesota on the 17th for their game against Nebraska,” Andries said.
Click here for a link to Andries’ junior highlight tape.