March 21, 2012

Tercek talks recruitment

When San Antonio East Central offensive lineman Andrew Tercek received his first offer from North Texas last month, it served as a motivator.

"It was kind of surreal," Tercek said of his reaction to receiving the offer. "But it was more a sign of achievement that I am doing something right.

"I was hungry before but now I am hungry for more. I kind of put in on the back-burner, other than sharing it with my family and thanking God and enjoying the moment, but it led me to get back to work."

Tercek is staying busy this spring with track (he's currently third in his region in discus) and has been hearing from a number of programs, including TCU as he has spoken with Frogs receivers coach Trey Haverty.

He has also heard from Texas Tech, Boise State, Oklahoma State, Rice and Texas Tech in addition to a few other schools.

Tercek, who lined up at tackle last season but will move to center his senior year, has visited UTSA, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.

His current size (6-3, 285) suggests he might be a perfect fit on the interior part of the offensive line but Tercek said he doesn't mind lining up at any of the positions.

"I've played all five positions on the offensive line," he said. "To be honest I don't have a favorite. I really like them all and if you do your job right you can always have some fun and knock the hell out of somebody."

That experience and size has college coaches taking a strong look at him but his work in the classroom has also paid off.

"I think they like my smarts," he said. "I'm ranked thirteenth in my class right now out of about 750 kids. I have a GPA of about 4.1

"They know I am really cerebral and I can manipulate and dictate offenses. Our starting center actually looked to me for support this season when he didn't really know what packages the defenses were running. "

UTSA told Tercek he is their No. 1 center or guard prospect for their recruiting class and an offer could be coming his way soon.

His conversations with Haverty have opened his eyes to what life as a Horned Frog would be like.

"Coach Haverty has actually informed me about a lot," Tercek said. "He has talked to me about the city and what to expect being a Horned Frog and what to expect being under the guidance of the offensive line coach and the head coach.

He said a visit to see TCU is something he would be more than willing to do.

"The way I have perceived things, I think they would really like me to come up there," he said. "Coach Haverty said I looked good on tape and that they are going to come and evaluate me during the spring. That was really cool."

As for what he looking for in a school?

"Definitely the tradition, the coach's track record and how I like them and how I fit into their team and their philosophies," he said. "And where my family and my coach thinks I would fit in.

"For me , one of the biggest priorities is when I am going to be able to play. Is it realistic to start my sophomore year? No, it's not. I would really like to play as early as I can. I think I have the ability one I get up there and I can show what I am made of."

Tercek said he would prefer to make his college decision before his senior season and is big on sticking with a commitment.

"The thing with me, if I make a commitment, is I am not going to be one of those kids who will withdraw it right before signing day," he said. "That is not fair for the school or some other kid who is on that second tier. That's just not what I am about and would never do that."

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