Players to watch: Mike anchors Sabino's line

2013-08-03T00:00:00Z Players to watch: Mike anchors Sabino's lineDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Over the next 21 days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.

Our countdown continues today with Sabino's Andrew Mike, one of the top offensive tackles in the nation.

Andrew Mike

  • The rundown: Andrew Mike, OL/DL, 6-7, 285, Sabino, senior
  • Who he is: Possibly the best lineman in Arizona and the anchor for one of the biggest offensive lines in Southern Arizona. Mike, who will start on offense and rotate in on defense, is entering his final season bigger, stronger and faster than ever after he cut bad carbohydrates and sugars from his diet and replaced them with fruit. "He's always had a big body but I think he's losing some of that little boy frame and now is turning into more of a man," Sabino coach Jay Campos said. "He's where he needs to be to start his senior season." Mike has trimmed down and added 15 pounds of muscle mass since last year. He said he has been seeing a trainer in addition to his standard workouts with the team and that also has helped him improve his speed, agility and explosiveness.
  • Proof he's good: When Sabino went to Notre Dame's summer league camp, Mike outshined four Irish commits in one-on-ones, according to Campos. Scout.com recruiting service ranks Mike as a four-star recruit and the No. 13 offensive tackle in the country. He received 13 Division I offers but has narrowed his list down to five schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Washington. He said he may wait until the start of the season to make his choice but may decide just before it.
  • He said it: "I just see him having a great year. He's been a fantastic football player already two years for us. He's started every game of his varsity career. Now it's time for him to become an elite-level player by not just dominating through the course of the game but every single play. Not losing any battles at all." - Campos

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