WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Stacey Andress, senior running back from West Allis Central High School, doesn’t have any offers yet; but he’s trying to get on the radar and has the film to really be a sleeper recruit.
He’s 6-foot, 200 pounds and has racked up 487 rushing yards, 77 receiving yards and six touchdowns so far through half of the 2015 season. He has a big frame for a running back, quick feet, long strides and above-average athleticism. Andress is a downhill runner who sees the hole quickly and hits it hard. He’ll be tough to arm tackle and really show off a nice quick cut move to open up a new lane.
Of course, he’s not perfect. Andress needs to work on his open-field speed—it’s worth noting that he does get a nice head of steam going and he isn’t afraid to get north and south quickly—and he needs to work on displaying consistent low pad-level.
Still, a quick evaluation of his film would suggest that he does have the potential to play college football at a high level; so it’s not surprising to hear that he has been receiving some interests.
Andress relayed to Today’s U that he’s been hearing from a number of DII NAIA schools and a few lower-tier Division I programs.
“NDSU is one that stands out, also Minnesota State at the DII level,” he said. “Also, Minnesota Duluth, Valparaiso, and a couple of in-state schools.” Sioux Falls and Grand View have also reached out to the Wisconsin running back.
One MAC schools, Northern Illinois, did show some interest in Andress, but he hasn’t talked to the Huskies since the summer.
“They just invited me to their camp to get an up close look at me, but I couldn’t make because I had a football camp for my school,” the running back explained. It will be interesting to see if either party ends up revisiting the interest, but that remains to be seen.
As far as his own interests are concerned, Andress tells Today’s U that Minnesota State, NDSU and Grand View all stick out to him.
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“Minnesota State really wants me, but no offer yet. I like all the love they are showing me. I have to get to one of their games,” he said.
And while Andress doesn’t have any major DI schools in mind just yet, he is trying to get on the radar in an effort to play major DI college football.
“My mindset is I know I can do it, it’s just a matter of getting exposed,” he said. Some things I would have to do are improve on my speed and be able to break longer runs, which are what coaches have told me,” he explained.
For what it’s worth, the West Allis Central running back does feel he has a lot to offer any program that decides to take a chance from him. When evaluating his play on film, it’s hard to disagree.
“I have done it my senior year (improved his game) and I know I can go and play any position,” Andress told Today’s U. “I’m an athlete. I can be anywhere a coach asked me. This is my second year fully playing running back—I’ve been a defensive person all my life—but I know I can do better.”