Andrew McCrea hasn't given up on his dream of playing Division 1 football. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound defensive back from South Florence (S.C.) High School spent one year at Gray Military Academy in Columbia, S.C. before making his move west to play for Efrain Martinez at L.A. Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. He spoke to FoxSportsNext.com about his future with the Junior College program that produced 15 Division 1 players in the 2013 class.
"Actually I came out [to Pierce] because of Coach Greenwood," said McCrea. "I wanted to get coached up by one of the best in a DB pipeline. Unfortunately, he ended up going to Kansas. I've bonded well with the new coach, Coach Myers, and definitely feel like this is the right start for me.
"Ever since high school I feel like I've continued to improve in my conditioning and field work. I'm can play either cornerback or safety. I'm good in man-to-man coverage and have the size to take on the big, physical big receivers. I take great pride in my tackling ability. I want to be the new breed of cornerback that loves to hit like Tyrann Mathieu."
Pierce is close to the start of spring practice. They have already been visited by Ohio State coaches and McCrea says he expects many more to stop by before the spring game in May.
"My plan is to get ahead and graduate in December of 2014," he shared. "I'm going to take 18 hours three semesters in a row to cram it in. It's going to be a challenge but I'm disciplined and ready to excel in the classroom and on the field. I've already started talking to Louisiana Tech. My goal has always been to play Division 1 football and I believe I'm on the right path at Pierce.
"I'm hoping to raise my level of play in my first season here to compete with some of the best athletes in California. My goal is to lead the Western State Conference in interceptions and have between 45 and 50 tackles. If I can do that the rest will take care of itself."
McCrea arrived in the Simi Valley from South Carolina on January 14th. He'll certainly be one to watch for the Brahmas in 2013 for tenacity and determination alone.