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December 5, 2011

Andrades schedules Irish official

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Raphael Andrades felt the impact of scheduling an official visit to Notre Dame.

His phone probably felt it more.

Andrades, a wide receiver from Tallahassee, Fla., took part in a school visit with Irish running backs coach Tim Hinton on Monday and shortly thereafter penciled in trip for Jan. 14 weekend. The chain of events had reporters calling all day, leaving his phone dead before 9 p.m.

The explosion of attention might have been new but Hinton was a familiar face. He has been keeping in touch for the better part of a couple months, although there is no scholarship offer on the table at this point.

"Things could change between now and then," Andrades said. "Basically, it was like if they don't get the guys they want then I'll probably get the offer. Then he was just showing me stuff about the school."

Once Hinton laid out where Notre Dame stands with its wide receiver recruiting he launched into a presentation on his iPad of what the program has to offer. His pitch turned into a miniature visit, Andrades said.

"Really he showed me the facilities kind of on his iPad," Andrades said. "He was showing me the graduation rate, which surprised me. It was like 97 percent. I know if he told my mom that she would be sold. He was showing me everything like that. Their tradition and stuff."

Andrades is considering scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida International, Illinois, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Stanford and Vanderbilt. An official visit to Arkansas is set for the weekend of Jan. 20.

Hinton has been upfront with Andrades about where he fits onto the recruiting board.

"It's a lot easier because some coaches like to sugarcoat," Andrades said. "With me, I personally don't like when people sugarcoat with me. I just like them to be honest from the get go. That made me respect him that much more but since I don't have the offer I have to stick with what I have."

Kentucky has probably made the biggest push having hosted Andrades on an official visit last weekend. The Wildcats impressed with their togetherness, something Andrades wants in a potential destination.

"It's really how much of a family they are," Andrades said. "They really don't go anywhere without each other and that's what I'm used to here at home. They really care a lot about their players, take care of them and treat them well. With the education they have all the tutors and all that."

Andrades doesn't expect his list to expand that much despite a strong senior season. The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect made 42 receptions for about 800 yards and 13 touchdowns for Lincoln High School.

The roster at Lincoln includes wide receiver Reggie Davis and linebacker James Hearns, junior prospects with offer lists that include Notre Dame.

"I felt like I improved a little bit," Andrades said. "I was playing with a back injury like half the season. I'm not satisfied with it because my team lost in the first round of the playoffs and that's not something we usually do. We haven't done that since like 1996."

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